Carol Barton

Book Artist Carol Barton in her studio

Book Artist Carol Barton in her studio

I’m Carol Barton, a book artist and paper engineer. I’ve published The Pocket Paper Engineer  workbooks on how to make pop-ups and many of my own artist’s books.
I’ve been working with the book form for over twenty-five years. Making books as an art form allows me to combine my backgrounds in painting and photography with my interests in sculptural forms, printing, and serial images. My inspiration comes from various sources: reading, history and science topics, functional objects (furniture, jewelry, and kinetics toys), architecture, and other artists’ books. The book is an intimate type of art in which the viewer becomes actively involved. It’s the opportunity for personal communication through the books I design that I most enjoy.

13 responses to “Carol Barton

  1. Thanks for visiting my blog. My children LOVE pop up books. We actually own your book and hope to create our own for fun when the kids (now 2 and 4) are a little older.

  2. Hi Carol,
    Do you ever make workshops in Europe?
    I really want to learn more about pop-up and I live in Denmark.
    All the best

  3. Hi Carol!

    I live in Washington, DC and have a new project that I’d love to talk to you about. If you send me your email address, I’d love to send you a detailed description. Let me know if you’d be interested – you can look me up on facebook, linkedin and on my personal blog:

    Also, here’s an article that’s right up your alley. Visionaire is truly a work of art.



  4. Hi Carol, We’ve been looking over The Pocket Paper Engineer Volume 2 here at the Allen O’Shea Literary Agency. My Senior Partner, Marilyn Allen was a judge for the Indie Book Award and has been saving your book. Would you have any interest in exploring an opportunity with a major publishing house? Your market segment is very hot right now, as I’m sure you know. If yes, let’s explore the idea together. You can reach me at or at (203)357-9909. All best, Bill

  5. carmen roxana callau campos

    Hi Carol, I’ve been looking at your work on pop-up books and they’re amazing!!!. My project is to learn on how to make a pop-up book. I will be in Fla. for three months and then I’m going back to my country. I would like to talk to you about this project regarding my brother’s work. He was an sculpture and he is going to have a memorial on July 2012. I think this would a good opportunity to remember and thank him for his legacy.
    I will appreciate your response and you will make my Christmas dream to come true.

    My best regards and thanks,

    C.Roxana Callaú

    PS. Mys sister Raquel just call you and you can reach me at: 954. 218.9042

  6. hi carol,
    just curious, do you have any workshops coming up in early 2012 on the east coast? also wondering if you give private lessons? i’m really interested learning the process.
    thank you.
    best wishes,

  7. Carol,
    Are you interested in a show at the Sandy Spring Museum in 2013? I took a workshop from you years ago when I was teaching. I am now on the Art Committee of the Museum. I am thinking about a Show, Worshop Book Signing or talk.

  8. Catherine Meredith

    Dear Carol,
    I took your class on Pop-ups at the Postal Museum in December a few years ago. I would LOVE to take another class and my 9 year old granddaughter would also love to learn about pop-ups. How can I find out when you will be anywhere nearby to do a workshop that we could sign up for? We’re willing to travel a reasonable distance. Thanks so much.
    Catherine Meredith: (Cockeysville, MD)

  9. Looking forward to seeing you again at North Country Studio. I met you at the Book Arts Center, where my sister bought me your highway tunnel book!

  10. Simone Holloway

    Hi Carol – I’m trying to find an Oragami Artist that would be interested in working at a party in Ashburn VA (approx 100 guests). I’m interested in hiring local, but all my searches so far have come up with artists outside of the DC Metro area. I’m not sure if its anything you would be interested in doing, or If you have any suggestions of groups or contact names, I would greatly appreciate it.

    • Hi Simone,

      I don’t know of origami artists in this area. Paper engineering and pop-ups are in a different category, and I’m not familiar with the local origami groups. You might try contacting the Japanese embassy. If you were interested in a session of making pop-ups, I’d consider it, depending on the date and details. If that’s something you want to consider, contact me at Best, Carol

  11. Hi Carol,
    Still trying to make some good pop up books in Pittsfield, NH!
    Bill Mitchell

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