Saved from a pulp affliction

By philip
15 March 2013

It’s a map of Africa, but not as you would usually know it, reports Laurice Taitz.

From a distance it resembles the texture of oyster mushrooms, their delicate fluted forms cast into whorls of soft colour. Up close you can make out the words that have combined to create the map and the pages of books that have been delicately folded and glued together to create it.

This artwork, Africa Reinvented, has earned Keri Muller her title as the “book artist” or, as Google’s search terms locate her: “Cape Town’s origami expert.” Muller didn’t get to her art by a conventional path and she describes herself more as a “maker” of stuff. It sounds like trendy nomenclature but it’s a fitting description because her work ranges from folding paper to designing with found objects, graphic design, illustration and even jewellery-making.

Muller studied interior design, then went off travelling and came back to work in marketing and product development for tour operators representing East Africa. Three years ago she moved to Mozambique and when she came back it was with “a much bigger appreciation of the fact that every moment of one’s life does count and you can’t fritter it away being 60% content”. That’s when she started making stuff.

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