SlowFolds - Kirstine la Cour Rasmussen

Kirstine la Cour Rasmussen of Denmark folds into her stunning origami jewelry designs. She always uses paper that would otherwise be discarded… For example, this chic black necklace with gold accents was hand-folded using paper cut from a Royal Copenhagen catalogue.

Kirstine told me that she has long been fascinated by paper and folding. “The Corona lockdown made for the perfect opportunity to ‘fold away’, and I started out with my first folded bead pattern and the first necklace in my series that I call The World on a String. Since then more patterns have come into shape. I use recycled paper only: worn out books, wrapping paper, discarded maps, torn cartoon and the like.”

“All designs are original. I first draw a pattern on the computer and then transfer it to a cutting machine to try out. The cutter scores as well, so I only need to fold. In the process there is a lot of trial and error. A lot of wrong angles and fold fails. But it is part of the process. When a pattern fits, it is a question of finding the right size… the pattern can be adjusted to make beads in a variety of sizes.”

“Then starts the search for the right paper…. color and texture. I usually apply two or more layers of water-based lacquer to the paper. This doesn’t make the jewellery waterproof, but the colors will be longer lasting and sometimes I find the paper becomes more flexible.”

“And then I spend time, because folding takes patience. It is slow. Slowfolds suits my current lifestyle in which I care for my first child who has a severe chronic blood disorder. My background is in political science, and previously I worked in communications and politics, but I have changed lanes career-wise… it has now hit the slow folding track.”

“After folding along scored lines, I use glue to preserve the shape of each component and lastly assemble them to complete the piece.”