Orihon, 3D Printed Book


“Perhaps no other book in this exhibition suggests the vastness of the photobook’s future so much as Tom Burtonwood’s Orihon, a 3D-printed accordion-fold volume containing scans of ancient sculptural objects. Orihon announces its tactility and embraces both history and prospect, infusing the book with true DIY ingenuity.”

— Gregory Harris, Assistant Curator, DePaul Art Museum & Juror for DIY (Visits Chicago): Photographers and Books


As the sampler was to hip-hop so the 3D printer is to sculpture and designed objects. Open source 3D printing has paved the way for a revolution in making things. Just as blogs disrupted publishing, and smart phones changed communications so 3D printing, scanning and modeling will transform the world of objects and the services that surround them. One area where this change is being felt is in publishing as 3D printable objects are shared online by professionals and enthusiasts alike. The product of this burgeoning field is a democratization of tools, parts and assemblies. Within this context of free cultural products I chose to publish “Orihon” the world’s first entirely 3D printable book. The subject matter for “Orihon” is derived from 3D scans made of sculptures and reliefs, found at the Art Institute of Chicago, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural in New York and The Field Museum in Chicago.


Orihon is available in a limited edition of 50 copies from Booklyn in New York, for more information please click here: http://booklyn.org/archive/index.php/Detail/Object/Show/object_id/1513

Exhibited at
Wright State University
Purdue University Gallery
The University of Illinois, Springfield
The Printing Museum, Houston, TX
LA Art Book Fair with Booklyn, Los Angeles, CA
Medium Cool Art Book Fair, Chicago
3D Notions, BHQFU, New York
DIY (Visits Chicago): Photographers and Books, Center for Book and Paper Arts, Chicago
World Maker Faire New York with The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
The Insitut for Aestetik, Aarhus, Denmark
The Boston Athanaeum, Boston, MA
Dunedin School of Art, Dunedin, New Zealand
The Joan Flasch Artist Book Collection, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
MIT, Cambridge, MA.
Yale University, New Haven, CT.
Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA.
University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA.
University of Delaware Library, Newark, DE.
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.
Lafayette College, Easton, PA
Columbia College Chicago Library Special Collections, Chicago

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