Introduction: Paper Luminaire

For this project, I chose the song Surabaya Santa from Songs of a New World.

My analysis for this song talks about how the main character is singing of empowerment, and becoming independent from her spouse. There is also hits of a hidden war she is having with herself because she wants to still remain loyal.

With this, I knew I would need to make an open luminaire, so that her inner loyalty and war can be expressed, and the outside needed to show her empowerment and frustration.


  • Bristol Paper
  • Tissue Paper
  • Coloring (watercolors, markers, etc)
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • 1 Candle

Step 1: Step 1: Cut Outs

After coming up with a design I liked, I measured out and sketched it onto the bristol paper.

I drew and cut out two spiked out half circles, and a smaller, regular circle. The regular circle was going to be my base, and the two half circles were going to be the sides. Then, I took tissue paper and made a circle with the radius slightly smaller than the bristol half circles.

After drawing everything out, I cut it out with an exact-o knife.

Step 2: Step 2: Shaping

In the circles, there are long lines and short lines. When connected on the perimeter it makes triangular spikes.

On one side of the paper, I lightly cut all of the long lines. Then, I flipped it and lightly cut all the shorter lines. This technique allowed me to fold the paper against the cuts I've made to give it shape.

After cutting both half circles, I took a cup and placed it at the bottom, traced, and cut it off. This will be used to attached later.

Step 3: Step 3: Putting It Together

Attach the tissue paper to the inside of the half circle. Then, take half of the piece cut off from earlier and attach it onto the bottom on the tissue paper with glue. After doing this to both half circles, I turned them vertically and glued the bottom to the sides of the circle base.

After attaching both sides to the base, I decided to add color to further show the emotion of the song. With this, I used red on the outside as an accent to show power and anger. On the inside I used blue, representing loyalty, and yellow dots to hint at her cowardice to not stand up for herself. I also wanted to convey the fact that, throughout the song, she is motivated and driven. This is why I wanted to be able to see the candle in the center to show as the flame within her.