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March 3, 2009

Paper-Based Visualization Competition

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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 http://infosthetics.com/archives/2009/02/paper-based_visualization_competition_the_winner_and_more.html

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September 16, 2008

Paper Film Noire

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This intriguing film noire animation was done by Australian creator Andrew Buchanan while he was a student at Melbourne’s RMIT University. It has a book-like feel, combining digital backgrounds, cut-outs and objects, all in black-and-white. A deep, deadpan narration adds to the aura of a gumshoe mystery.

April 12, 2008

Joss Papers

Paper Joss Dental Box

We’ve just returned from China where The Pocket Paper Engineer, Volume 2, is being printed, and one of the things we’re always fascinated by there are the joss papers. Also known as dzi-dzat, these are paper reproductions of commerical objects that are burned as offerings for the dead. Traditional joss papers are silver and gold paper squares. Others take the form of stacks of faux paper money (known as “hell notes”). But these days, all manner of objects are appearing in temple stores: paper cell phones, TV sets, laptops, and even small cars, to be burned in large ovens on site. Pictured above is one of our favorites, a dental kit featuring a paper toothbrush, toothpaste tube, mouthwash bottle and cup.

The tradition of joss papers goes back to feudal China, when printed paper charms and offerings were displayed and burned at auspicious times of the year. For more information on joss papers, visit these sites:

wikepedia.com
latimes.com
library.thinkquest.org

 

February 23, 2008

Folded Paper Furniture for Kids

Foldschool paper furniture

Want some fun furniture for your kids to play on? Try making these folded paper pieces: a stool, a chair, and a rocker. Designed by Swiss architect Nicola Enrico Staubli, these simple yet sturdy items can be constructed from corrugated cardboard (preferably recycled) and decorated with paints, crayons, or collage elements. You can download the patterns for free from Staubli’s Foldschool web site: http://foldschool.com/_objects/objects_stool/objects_stool.html

November 26, 2007

Paper Cut-Out Music Video

Mates of State Band

Paper Animation is hot this year! Fraud in the 80’s is a light-hearted music video by the band Mates of State that combines paper cut-outs, collage, dancing art materials, and more. Here’s the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERW1UfLalw4

September 8, 2007

How to Make a Pop-Up Photo

How to Make a Pop-Up Photograph

Did you ever want to pop up photos of your family, your pet, or your best friends? Now you can, by following the step-by-step instructions we’ve posted on Wikipedia’s How-To Encyclopedia. Just go to http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Pop-up-Photograph.

The Wikihow Encyclopedia covers a wealth of subjects, from crafts, to plumbing, to how to make Eggs Benedict. You can add the “How-To Of The Day” selection to your own Google page by going to www.google.com/ig. And we’re excited that our Pop-Up Photo How-To has been chosen by Google to appear as their feature on September 10th!How to Make a Pop-Up Photograph

August 4, 2007

Italian Paper Artist and Performer, Ennio

Paper performance artist Ennio Marchetto

Quick-change artist Ennio performed in Washington, D.C., this summer, donning over 20 paper costumes and miming to the music of a host of well-known stars and musicians.

Born in Venice, Italy, Ennio began making costumes for the Venetian carnival while at the same time working in his father’s espresso machine repair shop. He made his first paper costume of Marilyn Monroe in the 1980’s to amuse his family and friends. Since then, his repertoire has grown. He has teamed up with costume and fashion designer Sosthen Hennekam, and has taken his act around the globe, combining mime, dance, and music with his over 300 cardboard and paper outfits.

Watch Ennio’s performance on YouTube, or visit his web site to learn more about his work.

July 27, 2007

The Pocket Paper Engineer, Progress Report

The Pocket Paper Engineer, Volume 1
Between classes this summer, I’m continuing to work on volume 2 of my workbook series, The Pocket Paper Engineer. The upcoming volume will demonstrate how to construct and glue pop-up props and platforms. It’s a big job. First I design the pop-up projects, then I photograph them and adjust the photos in Photoshop. Next I write and illustrate the step-by-step instructions, add more examples of finished illustrations, and test out the results. Since I’m also the publisher, I’ll be “on press” in China, checking color and positioning. I’m anticipating volume 2 to be out in the Spring of 2008.

 The Pocket Paper Engineer, volume 1, got a great review on the BoingBoing web blog this week. If you’ve never seen this site, billed as “A Directory of Wonderful Things,” it’s worth a visit. The review was also carried on another interesting blog, Geekdad.com.

July 7, 2007

Welcome to The Popular Edge Book Blog!

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Carol Barton of Popular Kinetics Press

Welcome to the Popular Edge Book Arts Blog. The world of books, pop-ups, and book arts is wide and growing. This blog is a compilation of articles that have appeared in the Popular Edge email newsletter, which includes interesting book-related features, updates on Carol Barton’s artist’s and how-to books, and special offers from Popular Kinetics Press. If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter, please send us a comment that includes your name and email address. And enjoy the blog….

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