Monthly Archives: December 2010

Guild of Bookworkers Fires Up for the Holidays

The Potomac Chapter of the Guild of Bookworkers had their holiday party on Tuesday night, one of the coldest nights in Washington, D.C., so far this year. No matter, Renate Mesmer’s backyard was alight with fires and food to keep us warm. My husband Henry and I showed up a little late after clawing through downtown traffic, but there was still plenty of bratwurst, sauerkraut, and interesting conversation to make it a fun party. Thanks, Renate….

Life Beyond Books

I don’t spend all my time in the studio! One of my favorite Christmas activities is visiting the holiday opening of Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, Maryland. Every year they decorate the garden in a light display featuring plant and animal motifs, and each year the display gets bigger and bigger. This year, my friends Raya Bodnarchuk and Michael Brintnall accompanied me on a cold, cold evening for the garden walk, which was fantastic once again. (Raya and I are shown here in front of the rainbow of lights.) Afterwards we had a nice dinner at Raya’s house back in Glen Echo.  

Chuck Fischer’s Smithsonian Lecture

Chuck Fischer and Carol Barton at the Smithsonian InstitutionA Christmas Carol: A Pop-up Book by Chuck Fischer

Last week I went to a lecture and book-signing at the Smithsonian Institution with friend and renowned pop-up book illustrator Chuck Fischer.  The lecture was scheduled in conjunction with the Smithsonian Libraries’ exhibition Paper Engineering: Fold, Pull, Pop and Turn at the Museum of American History. In his talk, Chuck outlined the steps he takes in working with paper engineer Bruce Foster to illustrate Bruce’s pop-up structures.  He also showed a video of the Ipad application for his new pop-up book, A Christmas Carol: A Pop-Up Book, which you can watch with this YouTube link. Congratulations on the new title, Chuck and Bruce!