I have been making Japanese paper wallets for years because I don’t like carrying thick & heavy wallets.
I like to carry just a few cards and cash when I go out, and not have to carry a purse and keep track of where I may set it down and forget it.
I also like to change wallets from time to time, as often as I go through my notebooks, so I have been making these wallets for years and have also been giving them to family and friends for Xmas and b’day presents.
And they have started using them, and since they are made of paper and wear out easily, they kept asking for MORE! (which was quite a nice surprise, indeed!) and with their help, (wink,wink) I have managed to improve the design and durability of the wallets! [More users = better functionality.]
I call them , and find the innate non-linear linearity of maps especially suited for folding them.
You can open a map and follow a line to where it ends, or merges! — or find a cluster of lines and choose from among a number of forks in the road!
Maps not only show places their names, locations, sizes, shapes, depths and elevations;
They also reveal their boundaries and territories, their proximity to land, water or ice,
their access (or lack of access) to schools, hospitals, roads and industries ….
They highlight areas of protection, preservation, reservation or restriction.
They give us visual representations of the amount of green space on public land …
of colored blocks or jagged lines where trains and bicycles may go …
of the hunting grounds and the animals that can be hunted …
of places which appear on one map, but not on another … places with two names,
the present coexisting with the former ….
But by far, the best maps remain the ones left on kitchen tables and hastily drawn by friends who care enough to tell us:
GREETINGS! * YOU ARE HERE * WELCOME!