Monthly Archives: October 2009

Popping Up Down Under

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Being “down under” doesn’t mean paper doesn’t pop! Seventeen members of the Victoria Bookbinder’s Group proved it in a weekend paper engineering class held at Melbourne’s Polytechnic campus. The class covered simple fold-and-cut pop-ups along with platforms, props, and V-folds. Pop-up collector Corrie Allegro also made an appearance and stayed for my slide lecture on pop-up book history. Thanks, Anne Newton, for making the arrangements for this class.

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The Wizard of Odd party, Geelong, Australia

Wizard of Odd partygoer

The Geelong Fibers Forum ended with a fabulous costume party. The theme was “The Wizard of Odd” and partygoers dressed accordingly. Here are photos of a few of the imaginative characters in attendance. Thanks to everyone who made this conference such a great success! 

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The Geelong Forum and My Australian Students

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The Geelong Forum is a major conference of Fibers and Textile artists which takes place every year at the Geelong Grammar School in Australia. Approximately 300 artists, craftspersons, and vendors attend. This year I offered a sculptural book class at the conference and had seventeen enthusiastic students in the class. They created some wonderful books and pop-ups over the course of the  past week, and we had a great time sharing ideas and seeing examples of work by everyone who participated.

Brenda Kuhr, carousel bookMarianne Little, carousel bookLiz Powell, Carousel Book

Geelong Forum class photo