The Popular Edge, Pop-Up and Book Arts News

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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February 11, 2011

Historic Pop-Up Book Videos

Vintage Puss in Boots Pop-Up Book

A group of wonderful little videos showing historic pop-up books in action has been posted to YouTube by the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper Hewitt Design Museum. It’s a movable library in action. Here are the links:

   Puss in Boots, 1934, Blue Ribbon Books
   Popeye with The Hag of the Seven Seas, 1935, Pleasure Books
   Cowboys in Pop-Up Action Pictures, 1951, Publicity Products, London
   Tony Sarg’s Treasure Book, 1942 B. F. Jay publishers
   Dick Tracy pop-up book by Harold Lentz, 1935, Pleasure Books
   Pinnochio pop-up book by Harold Lentz, 1933, Blue Ribbon Books
   What a Surprise by Ernest Nister, 1900, E. P. Dutton & Co.
   The Jolly Jump-Ups Journey Through Space, 1952, McLoughlin Bros.

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January 25, 2011

Pop-Up Superstitions

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Here’s another great video featuring a pop-up book format. Superstitious by Irish moving image designer David Magnier was done as part of his masters degree program at Kingston University in London. A lonely protagonist who’s life is bound by superstitions keeps a tally of his good luck/bad luck encounters. But his fears are dispelled with the appearance of a mysterious visitor. Watch the video for the denouement.

November 15, 2010

Pop-Up Book Cake of Bethesda, Maryland

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We love the winner of Bethesda Magazine’s cake decoration contest, both because it features our home town and because it represents Bethesda, Maryland, as a pop-up book. Created by Patrick Musel and his staff at the Praline Bakery and Bistro, the cake ‘s pages don’t actually turn, but they look convincing enough as a bit of paper engineered frosting. It was elected best cake by 51 percent of those participating in the on-line vote. Congratulations!

September 13, 2010

Peter Dahmen’s sculptural pop-ups

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Sculptural pop-up video by Peter Dahmen
German graphic designer Peter Dahmen has a stunning video on Youtube showing the mechanical movements of his sculptural pop-ups. Executed in plain white paper, the pop-ups in the video become choreographed plays in light and shadow with the turning of each page.

Here’s the link:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuQsxFhBGzw

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!

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June 19, 2010

Pop-Up Office

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We at Popular Kinetics have always known pop-ups can have a life outside the book, and we often look at examples of folding furniture and collapsible objects for inspiration. Here the process of finding inspiration is reversed, with two Austria artists, Liddy Scheffkencht and Armin B. Wagner, seeing the pop-up for its architectural potential. They’ve created a life-sized pop-up office desk and chair that conveniently collapse for storage when not in use. Featured in Dwell Magazine’s June 2010 email newsletter, we hope this motivates more architects and designers to discover the beauty of paper-engineered mechanics when looking for design ideas.

June 15, 2010

Fold, Pull, Pop & Turn at the Smithsonian Institution

To all of you pop-up and paper engineering enthusiasts out there, start planning your trip to Washington, D.C., this year to see the exhibition “Paper Engineering: Fold, Pull, Pop & Turn.” It’s a little gem of a show nestled in the Smithsonian Libraries Exhibition Gallery on the lower level of the National Museum of American History. (If you enter the museum on the mall side, take the escalator downstairs.) The exhibit traces the history of the paper-engineered book, from its origins in scientific astronomy texts through current pop-up volumes of fantastic complexity. Some of the books you may have in your own pop-up collection, while others are truly rare and stunningly beautiful. Curated by Stephen Van Dyk of New York’s Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum library, the show emphasizes the mechanical aspects of pop-up constructions, with great signage and an engaging video of  illustrator Chuck Fischer and paper engineer Bruce Foster at work. Plus there’s a wonderful little catalogue of the show available for free at the entrance.

The show runs through October, 2011, so there’s plenty of time to plan your visit. But don’t put it off too long. You’ll probably want to see it more than once!

October 30, 2009

Pop-Up Artist visits Pop-Up Collector

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Carol Barton visiting Corrie Allegro
On her recent teaching trip to Australia, artist and paper engineer Carol Barton spent an evening viewing some of the wonderful books in collector Corrie Allegro’s extensive pop-up collection. A graphic designer, Corrie has been assembling his collection of over 3,500 pop-ups for the past 30 years. He owns some real gems, including several historic lift-up flap anatomy books and original 19th-century books by Lothar Meggendorfer. Corrie was recently featured on Australia’s popular TV show “The Collectors.” To view the video, click here.
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January 10, 2009

It’s a Wonderful Internet Video

It's a Wonderful Internet video

Happy New Year! To begin the year, we’ve found this wonderful animation of a pop-up book based on the movie It’s a Wonderful Life. We think it’s a great example of pop-up iconography. Click here  to view it.

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