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March 16, 2011

Isaac Salazar’s Altered Books

Filed under: artist's books, books, crafts, paper crafts — Tags: , , , — popularkinetics @ 6:19 am

Read, an altered artist book by Isaac Salazar

We were first drawn to Isaac Salazar’s work with this intriguing photo in which message and medium are so wonderfully intertwined, although the irony, of course, is that folding the book’s pages makes it unreadable as is. Salazar has no training as an artist, but found his creative calling through a craft project in which old Reader’s Digest magazines were folded into Christmas trees. He wondered if other forms were possible, and obviously they are. Salazar leads a double life: an accountant by day and origami/altered book artist in his free time. Here’s a link to his Flickr bookworks gallery.

Thanks to the Typestack blog for bringing these works to our attention. If you are a typophile, check out their site:


March 4, 2011

Corcoran Class becomes a Pop-Up

Filed under: art classes, artist's books, crafts, how-to books — Tags: , , , — popularkinetics @ 12:20 am

Carol Barton's Sculptural Book Class at the Corcoran College of Art and Design

Presenting a pop-up group photo of Carol Barton’s new Sculptural Books class at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C.  Students in this graduate-level class are exploring various sculptural book forms and creating a series of finished pop-up pages and paper engineered structures. The class already has completed a basic pop-up and two accordion books, one with architectural pop-up additions.

If you’re interested in making your own pop-up photograph, visit the Popular Kinetics web site.  And if you’d like to learn more about designing pop-ups, you can check out the how-to workbooks by Ms. Barton, The Pocket Paper Engineer, volumes 1 and 2.

February 14, 2011

An Automata Valentine

Filed under: animation, crafts — Tags: , , — popularkinetics @ 5:49 pm

Automata Valentine by Dug NorthDug North, Creator of Automata

Here’s a delightful little automata  for our audience today. Created by artist Dug North, the crank is turned and the small wooden figure peruses the card rack but can’t find the right card. It’s titled “Which Card Says ‘I Love You’ as Much as I Really Do?”
The solution? Not a purchased card but hand-made surprise. A wooden kinetic sculpture, a pop-up card, or just a plain cut-out heart–when it’s made by hand, it’s better.  More of Dug’s work can be seen at his web site and on his wonderful Automata Blog.

August 12, 2010

The Pocket Paper Engineer in Argentina

Pop-ups in Cordoba, ArgentinaPaper Engineering class, Cordoba, Argentina

Ingenieria en Papel, a paper engineering class, was sponsored by Libros Andantes in Cordoba, Argentina this May. Workshop instructor Alex Appella used many exercises out of Carol Barton’s  The Pocket Paper Engineer workbooks in teaching the class, and the results are shown here. Thanks for your email, Alex!

Pop-ups in Cordoba, ArgentinaPop-ups in Cordoba, ArgentinaPop-ups in Cordoba, Argentina

May 31, 2010

Paper Cut Expo 2010

Filed under: animation, crafts, paper crafts, paper engineering — Tags: , , — popularkinetics @ 7:46 pm

The 2010 Paper Cut Expo is currently exploding with an enthusiastic showing of all manner of paper forms. On exhibit from May 8 through June 20th in Breda, The Netherlands, the exposition includes toys, sculptures, books, videos, and installations featuring paper as the prime medium. For a look at what’s in the exhibition, visit the expo Flickr site. Also, don’t miss the video showing a sampling of the pieces in the show:

July 2, 2009

Fashionistas, Balloons!

Filed under: crafts, performace art — Tags: , , , , — popularkinetics @ 5:50 am

Balloon Fashions #1

Though not pop-ups or paper art, this Chinese runway show of balloon couture is just so good we had to post it! Who ever thought balloon art could move beyond those cute little weiner dogs and ducks to become such a glamorous fashion statement! These images were shot by Myspace member “Shane.” For the full slide show, visit his Myspace page. And thanks to Esther Smith for bringing these fabulous frocks to our attention….

Balloon Fashions #2


Balloon Fashions #3

April 21, 2009

Science, Sex, and Sculptural Paper

Filed under: animation, art classes, crafts — Tags: , , , , , — popularkinetics @ 10:00 pm

Isabella Rossalini as a Fly

What could be more fascinating than Isabella Rossellini working with paper costuming and sculptures to explain reproductive processes of sea creatures and insects? In her “Green Porno” series of short video productions, Rossellini acts and directs in these funny, informative, and beautifully produced little science segments. Season One covers the reproduction of flies, bees, spiders, fireflies and earthworms. Season Two expands to examine how sea creatures mate, featuring whales, limpets, and starfish, among others. Working with production designer Andy Byers and a team of theater pros, Rossellini has succeeded in making science education a lot more fun with these little video gems!

March 3, 2009

Paper-Based Visualization Competition

Filed under: art classes, crafts, paper crafts, paper engineering, teaching kids — Tags: , , , — popularkinetics @ 8:31 pm

Petals by Charlene Lam


For all of us who love working with paper, the entries in this year’s Paper-Based Visualization Competition are aethetically diverse and inspiring. To see photos, visit

October 1, 2008

Arthur Ganson’s Machine with 23 Scraps of Paper

Filed under: crafts, performace art — Tags: , , , — popularkinetics @ 5:44 am

One of the highlights of this year’s New Works session at Haystack School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine, was seeing videos of Arthur Ganson’s incredible sculptural machines. This one, titled “Machine with 23 Scraps of Paper,” is cool and elegant. Others are lively, humorous, even touching. They all are strikingly inventive, combining a knowledge of mechanics with theatricality and a bit of dance and mime. You can see several of the videos on YouTube, or link to them through his web site,

August 30, 2008

Pop Your Candidate Into the White House!

Filed under: art classes, crafts, how-to books, paper crafts, pop-up books, teaching kids — Tags: , , , , , , — popularkinetics @ 10:12 pm


It’s fun, it’s easy, and you don’t even have to register! Print this file on card stock and pop the candidate of your choice out of the page and into the White House.

Click here to download the pdf file, print all three pages onto card stock, then follow instructions to assemble your own Campaign ’08 pop-up card. And don’t forget to VOTE in November.




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How to Make Pop-Ups Step-by-Step

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