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.