Monthly Archives: July 2009

Building Pop-Ups at the National Building Museum

National Building MuseumBuilding Museum Interior #1

The National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., is one of the most beautiful buildings in the city. Designed by General Montgomery Meigs as the Pension Building and built between 1881 and 1887, its eight enormous interior columns are among the tallest in the world. Today the museum features exhibitions on architecture, city planning, and design. So what better place to hold a kids’ class on building pop-ups?

Girl in Building Museum class #3Boy in Building Museum class #1Girl in Building Museum class #1

Boy in Building Museum class #3House pop-up #3Dad pop-up

My two-day session was part of a six-week program of kids’ camps at the museum. Twelve young designers and paper engineers participated. The first day we designed books around the themes of family and home. Pop-ups featured drawings of friends, parents, siblings, pets, and room interiors. The next day we concentrated on neighborhoods. After drawing a map of their neighborhood, each child did pop-ups of their house, their school, and their favorite place to eat. As you can see from the results, the class was full of ideas and lots of creative energy.

Wells College’s Book Arts Summer Institute

Molly Robbins, Carousel Book

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Between Road Trips

Carol Spackling #1

Between this summer’s teaching trips I’m doing some long-overdue rennovation work on our house. Neighbor and sculptor Raya Bodnarchuk arrived just in time to capture  me putting the finishing touches on a major spackle job in the living room. (I think there was as much spackle dust on me as on the walls and floor.) It’s not bookmaking, but it does give the satisfaction of a job well done.

Spackling Carol Close-UpCarol's spackled feet