I was looking around the internet for some inspiration for my DIY art journal decorating. I found something interesting and very curious.
This lady, Kathy Orta King, came up with a way to fold and tape paper. She calls it the hidden hinge binding system. It’s a handy way to attach your pages without them being one right on top of the other. You can leave a space between them so when you add embellishments which are bulky, you can still close the album. It’s a series of mountains and valleys with a flat space between the mountains for the valley part.
Yesterday I linked a video to a mountain and valley art journal tutorial. I have made several of these before yesterday, but with a bit of a difference. The mountain and valley art journals I made were larger in size and the mountain/valley parts were made from folded card stock, not manila file folders-so there is a difference. But the actual folding of the materials was the same in those earlier art journals and the ones I made yesterday.
And no one showed me how to fold the paper. I just did it and it worked for my project.
I noticed on one of the videos there was this: Patent Pending.
How is that possible? The hidden hinge binding system is folding paper and tape.
This seems similar to sewing patents or copyrights. You cannot patent or copyright a sewing technique. The combining of pieces of fabric together, a dart, hem, pleat, etc. You can copyright a pattern. The way the garment is actually designed-where the sleeves go, where to put in the zipper, etc.
Maybe that’s what she’s trying to get a patent to-the way the folds line up? Could those mountains and valleys be a pattern? Because you can copyright patterns.
I don’t know, and I’m no lawyer, but I found this very interesting.
And I’m not saying anything against the hidden hinge binding system. It’s a great idea and I’m sure Ms Orta-King is a lovely woman and I wish her all the best in everything she does. Success, success, success!
I was just curious about the ability to patent a technique in art.