History of book folding

Folding books is not an Asian or Japanese art of folding. The different types of folding to fold lettering and graphics into the visible edges of a book were invented by Anja Schachtner (Ingolstadt) and Dominik Meißner (Merzig).

The following is a list and short description of all publications that deal exclusively with the folding of magazine or book.
In addition, all publications that have published something for the first time that relates to follding magazine or book page. No e-books or websites are included in the listing.


If you have information about publications before 1964, please feel free to send us this information by eMail (info@orimoto.de).


The first known publication about folding books into three-dimensional objects is the magazine "FOLDED MAGAZINES PROJECT" by Aleene Jackson, published in 1964. This 11 page magazine describes how magazines can be folded into a 3D object. There are 14 different objects included.
Because magazines have a different format than books, the objects cannot all be folded with a book. All the objects described can only be seen when they are additionally decorated.
In the same year, "SPRING PROJECTS Made of FOLDED MAGAZINES" by Aleene Jackson was published. Other magazines published by Aleene Jackson in 1966, 1967, 1972 were
  • "Projects Made of FOLDED MAGAZINES"
There is more to read about Aleene Jackson, who published the first craft kit in 1949 and had her own craft TV show as early as 1951, here. Aleene Jackson - Family History.
Folded Magazine Projects Spring Projects folded Magazines


If you have information on publications that fall within the period between 1973 and 2013, please feel free to send us this information by eMail (info@orimoto.de).

März 2014

The first known publication about folding lettering and symbols (heart) into the front visible edge of a book, is the book "Wie Lieben Papier" published in March 2014. Dominik Meißner describes by using graphic pattern how lettering and symbols can be folded into books, by using the folding method
  • 45° folding only
  • .
This book was published in Dutch in 2015 and in Korean in 2017.
Wir Lieben Papier

August 2014

Reader’s Digest Association is publishing six folding books under the „Artfolds®“ trademark in August 2014. These books are provided with markings so that they can be folded directly. With these first folding books, the lettering "Love" and "Joy" as well as the symbols "Snowflake“, „Mickey Mouse“, „Heart“ und „Chrismas Tree“ can be folded. More folding books followed in March and September 2015. artfols books

September 2015

In September 2015, the book Papier-Objekte aus alten Büchern by Anka Brüggemann was published. In the 168-page book, are described in the 4 chapters as lettering on graph paper are recorded. From the graph paper, the lettering is measured and the values entered into a table. The values in the table are then transferred to the book pages. Since the lettering on the graph paper represents a graphic pattern, it is a transfer of the graphic pattern to the measurement pattern. Since Mrs. Anka Brüggemann describes the measuring method in detail and the book has other very interesting book objects, it is a must for every book lover and highly recommended. Papier-Objekte aus alten Büchern

Januar 2016

Orimoto Faltkunst für Bücherfreunde“ is the first book dedicated exclusively to the folding of books. In this 144-page book, Dominik Meißner describes for the first time both methods (measuring and graphic method). In this book for the first time the folding methods
  • 45° cutting and folding,
  • 180° folding,
  • folding of the upper book block edge and
  • Lazy folding
are described. All folds and decorations in this book were made by Mrs. Anja Schachtner.
Orimoto Faltkunst für Bücherfreunde

März 2018

Kirimoto® & Orimoto®: Neue Buchkunst, gefaltet und geschnitten“ is the second book dedicated exclusively to the folding of books. In this 144-page book, Dominik Meißner presents for the first time the
  • oblique folding,
  • 90° folding,
  • 180° with different depths,
  • 180° with folding over,
  • 180° with double folding
  • 180° inside reverce folding
  • 180° lying books and
  • 45° and 180° combination folding
described. All folds and decorations in this book were made by Mrs. Anja Schachtner.
Kirimoto<sup>®</sup> & Orimoto<sup>®</sup>: Neue Buchkunst, gefaltet und geschnitten

The following is a listing and short description of all the methods and their history for folding lettering and graphics into the visible edges of a book.


After several attempts to draw directly on the book block, Dominik Meißner started drawing the objects on graph paper and then transferring them to the book. Both are very inaccurate so he created the first graphic pattern using a simple graphics program.


As a computer scientist, it was obvious for him to have the graphic pattern created via a computer program. So the first Orimoto® program version was created in 2001. This version had only two input fields
  • Last page number and
  • Graphic file
The program could only draw lines on the graphic.


Further improvements of the first Orimoto®-program version followed.

The first official Orimoto®-program available over the internet was still quite small with 600 program lines and four files.


The enhanced Orimoto® program version was released to the public in 2013 with regard of the book "Wir Lieben Papier".


After several requests, the measurement method was included in the Orimoto program in 2014. It probably comes from the English-speaking countries, since it was only used there at that time. Since the measuring method outputs the interruptions of an object on a book page with position/values in a table, the interrupted graphic method was included in the Orimoto® program at the same time.
The basic difference between the English measuring method and the measuring method in the Orimoto® program is that in the English measuring method individual letters are folded into words in a book. That is, a fixed number of book leaves are required per character. If the leaves of the book are not enough it is cut up and a second one is glued on or, conversely, excess leaves are separated out. In the Orimoto® measurement method, which is derived from the Orimoto® graphic method, the desired word is adjusted to the specific book or book leaf number. Another difference is that the English measurement pattern has a numbering by book sheet (1, 2, 3, 4, ...) and the Orimoto® measurement pattern has a numbering by pagination (1, 3, 5, 7, ...). See also "180° folding" below.


Until 2015, there was only the folding type "45° only fold (MMF)". Each book leaf was provided with one or two dog-ears. Per book leaf here is always only one interruption visible and foldable. It was not yet cut in the strict sense. The complete book block has already been cut in the middle so that two lines can be folded, but this cutting is like folding two small books that are then stacked on top of each other. This cutting creates a visible cut edge that is often concealed by a ribbon or other decorative objects.

January 2015

On Jan. 28, 2015, the first "Lazy Folding" was published by Mrs. Anja Schachtner. In this folding method, only every second page of the book is folded. The name "lazy" came out of fun, it was actually about making a gift quickly. In German it is called "Faule Faltung". Faltmethode Faule Faltung

July 2015

In order to fold several interruptions on a book page, the folding type "45° cutting (MMCF)" was developed by Dominik Meißner. With this type of folding, a central cut is made between two interruptions. Thus, several dog-ears are possible on one book page. The Orimoto® program was expanded at the same time to include this type of folding. Faltmethode 45 mit Schneiden

August 2015

Two weeks after posting the fold type "45° cutting" in the Orimoto® program, Mrs. Anja Schachtner did not cut in the middle between the interruptions but the interruptions themselves and folded them 180° around. This is how the folding type "180° cutting" was created. Here in the paw the M still in combination with the classic Orimoto® folding 45 degrees without cutting.
Since Mrs. Anja Schachtner at that time folded and decorated all book objects for the book "Orimoto Faltkunst für Bücherfreunde" by order, this folding style was still included in the book at short notice. In the Orimoto® program, the template was already included as a graphic method, but was newly included as a measuring method as well.
The first Kirimoto book published only with the "180° cutting" folding method, "B", by Anja Schachtner was so well received on the social network at the end of August 2015 that this folding method was copied out of the Orimoto® program by other folders and competitor programs.
The "180° cutting" was also used to produce books with different cutting depths.
Faltmethode 180 mit 45 Faltmethode 180 Faltmethode 180 mehrere Ebenen

December 2015

The folding type "90° cutting" was published in the Orimoto® program. The idea for it exists since August 2015 but the programming implementation and the description for it took some more time. (Photo and folding by P. Schröder) Faltmethode 90

February 2016

The fold type "180° one-sided cut" was already included in the Orimoto program in December 2015, but only now activated and presented. In the course of this, a further 21 folding types were introduced, which can be derived from the existing ones.
All three book block edges can be used for the folding type "180° cut". The first "3 page book" was presented by Mrs. Anja Schachtner.

In 2014, books were also folded using the top and front book block edges, but this required two pattern. (Photo www.lichtpunkt.cc)
Faltmethode 180 3 Seiten Faltmethode 45 2 Seiten

August 2017

The first folding type with an "oblique fold" was published by Dominik Meißner on the social network at the end of August 2017. This was then quickly followed by the "double oblique fold" by Mrs. Anja Schachtner at the beginning of September 2017. Faltmethode 180 3 Seiten Faltmethode 45 2 Seiten

September 2017

Double folding to create two book page edges from one book page edge was invented by Dominik Meißner. On the one hand, this allows double the number of book leaf edges (pages) to be created from thin books with few pages, and on the other hand, it creates a different look (photo and folding by Anja Schachtner). The simple folding is the 180° fold. Faltmethode doppeltes Umfalten


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Excel Vorlagen

In diesem Anleitungsbuch ist zudem grob erklärt, wie sie sich mit einem Tabellenkalkulations Programm, z.B. Microsoft Excel, LibreOffice, OpenOffice Calc, etc. Vorlagen selber machen können. Orimoto®: Faltkunst für Bücherfreunde

"Konkurrenz" Programme

Da das Orimoto Programm 2001 das erste Programm war, mit dem Vorlagen zum Bücherfalten erstellt werden konnte, sind die nachfolgenden aufgelisteten Programm keine konkurrenz Programm, sondern eher nur Kopien.
  • bookami® Programm
  • Book Art Design Software
  • foldsy® Programm
  • crafty49 Programm
  • lotus book folding
  • vektorrascheln Programm
Mehr Informationen zu den einzelnen Programmen finden Sie auf dieser Seite https://www.facebook.com/groups/booksfolded


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  • bookami® Programm
  • Book Art Design Software
  • foldsy® Programm
  • crafty49 Programm
  • lotus book folding
  • vektorrascheln Programm
Mehr Informationen zu den einzelnen Programmen finden Sie auf dieser Seite https://www.facebook.com/groups/booksfolded