Monday, July 19, 2010


“European folding culture may never be as resplendent as it was in the seventeenth century, when Nuremberg was the home of an entire school devoted to the art of folding napkins, but there are still masters of the art. Joan Sallas who has lived for years in Freiburg, Germany, is one of the few people in the world who knows how to fold a napkin into the lily that once decorated the tables of the Habsburgian Kaisers […]. The tradition that […] Sallas’s folded allegories keep alive today, echoes Leibniz’s conviction that every part of matter contains a garden full of plants and trees, a lake full of fish, and every part of an animal, and every drop of water, is again such a garden and such a lake.”

Daniel Birnbaum, Ingestion/Folded allegories, in: Cabinet: a quarterly of art and culture, Spring 2010, Issue 37, p.16

German article



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