CRIZU is craftsmanship and mind, patience and passion, abstraction and materia.
It is a pure act of creativity.
It is an object that inspires peace of mind and harmony.
It is a gesture, deeply humane, repeated over and over, like a prayer.
It is a second life for books.
CRIZU gives old books a second chance: all pages are folded by hand, one by one, with art and patience until and old volume is transformed into a new and marvelous paper sculpture. Old manuals and encyclopedias are reborn into sophisticated pieces of design. The shape changes, but the book remains intact: it can still be read and scrolled through or, more simply one can admire it’s metamorphosis in an object of art and design. Old, but new. Poetic in it’s simplicity.
At the beginning you have the book. The volumes chosen by CRIZU have many pages, good quality paper and the binding is stitched: beautiful in form but no longer up to date in contents. Only when a book looses it use, it is ready to be transformed into sculpture: maybe it will no longer be read, but surely admired.
The folded is done by hand, one page at a time. All done slowly and without interruption, repeating each gesture thousands of times, watching the paper transform under the fingers: touch is more important than sight. It is an art that requires patience and dedication, a sort of meditation where the rhythm of the gestures synchronize with the rhythm of the soul until the metamorphosis is complete.
These objects are imbued with memories and become more and more beautiful with the passing of time. By folding the pages of such books, I bring elements of history, culture and beauty to the finished piece.
CRIZU also produces a small line of paper jewelry. The collections are limited edition and entirely hand made in Italy. Starting from paper of old books and mixing the most unexpected materials, earrings and necklaces are created with a very unusual, unique and sophisticated design.