Monthly Archives: February 2009

Center for Book Arts, New York

Center for Book Arts in New York CityThis past weekend I taught a lively class in paper engineering for a diverse group of students at the Center for Book Arts in Manhattan. Lots and lots of great questions, and a wide range of skill levels contributed to an ongoing discussion about what is and is not possible within the realm of pop-ups, and how to meld graphic images with available structures. Plus, it was fun just walking around the city, as usual.

CBA pop-up class

Families Celebrate Black History with Pop-Ups


Sunday was a Family Day Celebration at the Smithsonian Institution’s Ripley Center. To celebrate Black History month, parents and kids were treated to a hall full of free activities, including theater performances, a jazz band, exhibits, and crafts. I worked with two wonderful volunteers, Robert and Ann, to teach kids how to make pop-ups illustrating their communities and families. We had lots of young paper engineers who participated and they took home their own pop-up designs.