Category Archives: studio

Carol featured in Washington University Alumni Magazine

Washington University Alumni photo of Carol Barton

The June issue of Washington University’s alumni online magazine features a nice article on me and my Pocket Paper Engineer how-to books. I was interviewed by writer David McKay Wilson in February and photographed by Andres Alonso in my studio. It’s always fun to work with other creative people and discover their slant on what I do. Here’s the link to the article.

Carol’s Interview with Diane Gilleland

Carol Barton in her studioDiane Gilleland at Crafty Pod

Diane Gilleland of Portland, Oregon, also known as Sister Diane, recently conducted a Google Hangout interview with me for her Crafty Pod site. Diane has conducted hundreds of interviews with artists and craftspersons since beginning her podcasts in 2005. The half-hour segments explore how and where various craftspersons work, how they make their artworks, and where their creative ideas come from. To hear my interview, click here.

To see more of Sister Diane’s interviews, visit her Craftypod web site.

Pop Your Candidate into the White House

Living in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., many of us are totally absorbed with the ongoing (and entertaining) 2012 election proceedings. So once again I’ve designed a do-it-yourself pop-up campaign card that can be downloaded and constructed as a dimensional vote for the candidate of your choice. I’ve included the entire field of pop-up candidates, so choose one and glue him onto the White House lawn, or Photoshop your own pick into the scene. (I’ll be editing down the choices as the Republican field narrows. Stay tuned….) Here’s the link for the images and instructions. Have fun, and don’t forget to vote at the polls.

Making Juice Wallets

Eleni making a wallet out of a juice container

My apprentice Eleni has been spending time in the studio making coin wallets out of juice containers. After I helped her with the prototype, she’s done a great job of refining the process all on her own. The last one she made, she even cut the hole for the closure–a difficult step. Here’s a photo of the finished product.

Juice wallet

Carol with Scott Simon on NPR’s “Weekend Edition”

Carol Barton and Scott Simon on NPR's "Weekend Edition"


Yesterday afternoon I visited NPR’s studios in downtown Washington, D.C., to tape a segment with Scott Simon for next week’s “Weekend Edition.” Scott actually made a copy of the commorative Inauguration Pop-Up as we did the interview. The program will air on the Saturday before the inauguration, January 17, and the pop-up will appear in the Washington Post on the day of the inauguration, January 20th.

On the Road at the Philadelphia Artist’s Book Fair

The Free Library in Philadelphia

Valeria Kremser at the Artist's Book FairStephanie Harvey with Exit 343 Design

Saturday’s second annual Artist’s Book Fair at the Free Library in Philadelphia was abuzz with the sounds of book-lovers in their ilk. Tables full of unique books, letterpress and offset editions, elaborate bindings, book bags, book jewelry, cards, prints and boxes enticed library patrons to diverge from their normal browsings and sample this most creative edge of the bookmaking field. The event was well-attended and appreciated. Thanks to all the members of the Philadelphia Center for the Book and the Free Library staff who made this wonderful fair possible! We’re looking forward to doing it again next year.

Welcome back Eleni and Peter

After a three-year hiatus in Brussels with her family, Eleni is back as my apprentice and enrolled in 6th grade. She’s working on new projects in the studio, getting ready to design several V-fold illustrations for Volume 3 of The Pocket Paper Engineer. 

Eleni is joined by her younger brother Peter, age 8, who is working on developing some pop-ups of his own under his older sister’s tutelage.

Welcome back!


Maggie Coolidge, studio intern








Corcoran sophomore Maggie Coolidge has been working with me in the studio as a summer intern, helping with publicity for Volume 2 of The Pocket Paper Engineer. She’s also been designing some of her own pop-ups, working on a Facebook page for the press, and writing a Wikipedia article. Here she is with her dragon pop-up.

Maggie will be studying sculpture at the Corcoran School of Art this fall.

Welcome to Carol Barton’s Studio and Class Blog

Book Artist Carol Barton in her studio

Book Artist Carol Barton in her studio

Welcome to Carol Barton’s studio and class blog. In upcoming posts I’ll keep you apraised of new projects I’m working on, people I’ve met, and workshops I’m giving on how to make pop-ups and sculptural books. Thanks for visiting!