Cabinet of Paper Mechanical Curiosities with Shawn Sheehy (Online)

  • Saturday, October 30, 2021
  • Sunday, November 07, 2021
  • 4 sessions
  • Saturday, October 30, 2021, 10:00 AM 3:00 PM (PDT)
  • Sunday, October 31, 2021, 10:00 AM 12:00 PM (PDT)
  • Saturday, November 06, 2021, 10:00 AM 3:00 PM (PDT)
  • Sunday, November 07, 2021, 10:00 AM 12:00 PM (PST)
  • Class time is Pacific Time, Class Code PB103021SS
  • 4


  • $273 tuition + $60 kit + $13 Postage
  • $210 tuition + $60 kit + $13 Postage

    Registration closes on Sunday, October 17th at 10:00am

Registration is closed
**This workshop will be conducted via live streaming with Zoom. Class time is PACIFIC TIME**

Consider five small shallow boxes, each folded from a single sheet of heavy stock. Imagine binding these drawer-like boxes into something reminiscent of a book block, complete with its own cabinet-like case. Inside each of these boxes you construct something mechanical from paper that can be used many ways. You have just built a Cabinet of Paper Mechanical Curiosities—a 4D Whitman’s sampler of movable delicacies, made entirely with paper.

This workshop removes the restraint of FLAT from the codex page. The first box explores movable paper engineering fundamentals. By adding a sculptural component, the second amplifies a model from the first box. The third is a tiny automata. The fourth contains a classic crankie. The fifth box employs a shutter structure to mysteriously bring an object into view. You will make this movable mechanical magic out of little more than card stock, glue, and simple hand tools.

Both paper engineering beginners and advanced practitioners will be accommodated and challenged by this material.

The first session will have a one hour break at noon and resume again at 1:00pm.

Supplies to have on hand:

  • bone folder
  • steel ruler
  • xacto knife
  • self-healing mat
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • microspatula
  • tweezers


  • Registration for this class will close on Sunday, October 17th at 10:00 am so that kits can be mailed in a timely manner.
  • Kits will be mailed to you by the instructor. Please verify your mailing address when registering.
  • This class will be taught via Zoom. For a great video on how to use Zoom, watch this tutorialPlease make sure you have the most current version of the Zoom software.
  • A link to join this online event will be sent to the email you registered with. Please watch for this email. You may need to check your spam folder.
  • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply.

Instructor Bio:

Shawn Sheehy is an artist with a love of ecology who enjoys exploring such themes as interconnectedness, adaptability, and evolution. Passionate about pop-up books, he works sculpturally with the book format and has presented numerous workshops on pop-up engineering across the country.

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