Monthly Archives: May 2011

Pop-Ups at PBI

John Townsend's pop-up, PBI 2011Barb Korbel with pop-up, PBI 2011

My paper engineering class at 2011’s Paper and Book Intensive has concluded with a bang. Students transformed their artistic creations with paper mechanics, using a range of structures that included pop-up platforms, props, and V-folds. Here’s a sampling of the results. Several students went on to combine their models into small books, and some of the works will end up in the PBI auction next Thursday. It was a very fulfilling week.

Martin Vinaver, PBI 2011Martin Vinaver's pop-up, PBI 2011Mary Uthuppuru's Canoe pop-up

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PBI, Hike to Lake Michigan

Oxbow, stairs up dune to Lake MichiganOx Bow, Lake Michigan from top of dunes

I joined a small contingent of PBI participants yesterday on a short hike over the dunes to Lake Michigan. The weather was brisk with a breeze blowing across the lake, so we abstained from venturing into the water. Instead, we had fun beach combing. Heidi Kyle found a trove of beach plastic in a spectrum of colors, while the rest of us looked for rocks, driftwood, and fossils. Denise Carbone retrieved a dried bony fish from the sand, promising to make a museum enclosure for it.

Stay tuned for posts about the classes. . . .

Julia Miller and Denise Carbone on Lake Michigan

Paper and Book Intensive 2011

Ox Bow School for the Arts, Saugatuck, MIOx Bow School for the Arts, lagoon, Saugatuck, MI

I’m spending the next 12 days in Saugatuck, Michigan, at this year’s Paper and Book Intensive being held at the Ox Bow School for the Arts. Situated on a beautiful spring-fed lagoon next to Lake Michigan, the charming setting features woods, water, turtles and woodpeckers, and a collection of buildings ranging from funky cabins to fancy new classroom facilities.

The Paper and Book Intensive, now in its 28th year, is an annual gathering of people interested in book arts, papermaking, printing, and conservation. It’s book/paper  boot camp without the macho. There’s  a conviviality here that’s infectious, and most of the teachers are also students taking someone else’s class, so the mix is very egalitarian. I’m teaching a paper engineering class, then taking Jean Buescher Bartlett’s letterpress printing class.

More posts to come on ongoing PBI activies, so stay tuned.

Oxbow Coordinators with Sunglasses

Paper Engineer Bruce Foster visits DC

Bruce Foster and Carol

Bruce Foster, known for creating the pop-ups in books such as Gutenberg’s Gift, A Christmas Carol, and Harry Potter, The Pop-Up Book, among others, visited Washington, D.C., this week to give a lecture on his work at the Smithsonian Institution. Part of a series of talks on paper engineering informed by the exhibition Fold, Pull, Pop & Turn, Bruce’s talk demonstrated his method of working through a series of models to create complex pop-up structures. He also discussed how he works with illustrators to add visuals to the pop-ups, and how the books are manufactured in China.

After the lecture and a lunch in the Museum of American History’s cafeteria, Bruce was kind enough accompany me to the Corcoran College of Art and Design for the final critique of my paper engineering class. He recapped his lecture for my students, and then each presented their work for the semester. Thank you, Bruce, for a great addition to the final class.

Carol Barton's Paper Engineering class, Corcoran College of Art and Design

Pop-Up Workshop in Pittsburgh

Student in Pop-Up Workshop, SCC, PittsburghStudents in Pop-Up Workshop, SCC, Pittsburgh

Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh

A group of ten enthusiastic students took part in my pop-up paper engineering workshop at the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh this past weekend. We covered the construction of a range of pop-up structures, from simple cut-and-fold versions to platforms, props, and V-fold pop-ups. Everyone did a great job of bringing their own creative ideas into play.

The Society for Contemporary Craft features a gallery, craft store, and a full calendar of classes and events. It’s located just off the lively Penn Avenue strip where a string of ethnic market shops and street vendors sell their wares, so it’s a great place to spend some time enjoying a full range of world foods, crafts, and a cosmopolitans vibe.

Dress stall, Penn Avenue, PittsburghGreek food stall, Pittsburgh