The Popular Edge, Pop-Up and Book Arts News

April 23, 2011

Angelika Oeckl’s Tiny Pop-Up Book

Filed under: artist's books, books, paper engineering, pop-up books — Tags: , , — popularkinetics @ 7:13 pm

The tiniest pop-up book made by Angelika Oeckl

Angelika Oeckl’s artwork is small—REALLY SMALL. She specializes in creating miniatures, and recently took on the challenge of creating the world’s smallest pop-up book. Starting with a reproduction copy of  Franz Bonn’s 1878 German pop-up Theater Bilderbuch, she disassembled it and scanned the parts and pages into her computer to resize them. “It turned out to be much more difficult than I thought,” she says. “I had to redo it several times. Parts didn’t line up or the scene didn’t fold flat.” She finally succeeded, and she thinks this is the smallest pop-up book around—smaller than Ann Vanture’s mini reproduction of Lothar Meggendorfer’s International Circus which measures 22 mm by 21 mm.

To see more images of Angelika’s mini book, go to her Picasa Album.

April 17, 2011

The Ice Book Pop-Up Theater

Filed under: animation, artist's books, books, performace art — Tags: , , , — popularkinetics @ 1:29 am

The Ice Book, A Pop-Up Book TheaterThe Ice Book, A Pop-Up Book Theater

The line between books, electronics, theater and animation is becoming thinner these days with the rapid development of digital readers. We’ve seen several great apps that attempt to capture the feel of a pop-up book, although the experience is not the same as the actual paper versions. Here’s another approach in which film and pop-ups retain their distinctive qualities, yet the two are joined in a beautiful, surreal way. Created by Davy and Kristen McGuire during an artist’s residency at Kuenstlerdorf Schoeppingen in Germany, this large-scale pop-up book serves as the stage set for a story told through behind-the-page video projections. Inspired by Russian fairytales, the story is of a young boy enticed into the realm of an ice princess who wants him to warm her heart. Click here to watch the video.

To read more about this project, visit their web site at http://www.theicebook.com/Behind_the_Scenes.html

April 5, 2011

Cooking up a Pop-Up

Grandma Lucy's Meatballs, Kim GeigerDeep Fried Mac and Cheese, Natalie JacksonBBQ Corn on Cob, Kelsey Livingston

Students in Carol Barton’s Sculptural Books class at the Corcoran School of Art and Design have been working hard to create pop-ups of their favorite recipes. The resulting dimensional illustrations range from main dishes such as Grilled Fish in Banana Leaves to deserts made with flavorings of lavender and lime. The recipes reflect an international cuisine typical of Washington, D.C.’s multi-national mix. And though the food here is all of paper, it looks good enough to eat.

Lavender Cheesecake, Camden RichardsGrilled Fish in Banana Leaf, Beth CurrenKey Lime Custard 1, Alessandra Esheverri

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