Monthly Archives: November 2010

Pop-Up Session at the Boston Museum School

I flew to Boston last week to give a one-day paper engineering workshop and lecture at the Boston Museum school. Students spent Thursday morning learning to make some basic pop-up structural models. After the workshop session, I gave a slide presentation of my own work, then went to an enjoyable lunch with colleagues Laura Blacklow, Peter Madden and Anne Pelikan. Before heading back to Washington, I visited with old friends Jean and Ralph Hammond in Bedford and saw the Walter Gropius home and exhibits at the Fuller Craft Museum.  Great trip….

The Book Boys visit D.C.

What a fun six days! Dominique Riley and Michael Burke came to town last week, staying with me for three days and at the Folger Library guest house for the weekend. Both are bookbinders from Ulverston, England, and were here under the auspices of the Guild of Bookworkers, Potomac Chapter, and Pyramid Atlantic Center for Paper, Prints, and Books. Dominique gave an evening lecture at the Folger on the amazing story behind Francis Sangorski’s binding of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, called the “Great Omar,” which was lost with the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. You can learn more in this YouTube video.

Michael gave a paste paper workshop at the Folger over the weekend. And between these events, we visited Smithsonian museums, they were given a tour of the Folger archives and Library of Congress conservation department, and we had some great conversations over meals. Come back soon!

New Zealand students as Paper Engineers

An intimate class of six students made for lots of interaction and creativity in my paper engineering class at the Aotearoa Creative Textiles Forum in New Zealand. Organized by Rosie White, the forum is a place where textile artists can gather, learn, and exchange ideas while having a lot of fun. Students in my week-long class made over a hundred pop-ups along with carousel books and tunnel books. I’m looking forward to hearing from them on how their paper engineering efforts are progressing after completing the class.

Carousel Books in Geelong

Students in my class at the Textile Forum in Geelong, Australia, worked feverishly for five days to complete their pop-ups, tunnel books, and carousel books. Pictured here are some of the results. I enjoy the fact that each student’s work is unique to that person’s interests and personality. They’ve all earned accolades in my own book!