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Focus on Book Arts Conference, Oregon

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My fourteen students in the pop-up class at the 2013 FOBA conference were real troopers. Forest Grove, Oregon, usually has relatively temperate summers, but the last week in June this year was abnormally hot, with temperatures in the mid-nineties. Hailing from Washington, D.C., I’m accustomed to hot, humid weather; but many of my students¬†found the heat draining. Still, they remained engaged and creatively expressive, and managed to make some very cool pop-up projects during the two-day session. Thanks to everyone who contributed to making this conference a huge success!

Carol Barton's pop-up class, Focus on Book Arts Conference, Forest Grove, Oregon

The Ice House, Berkeley Springs, West Virginia

The air was ablaze with creativity at The Ice House in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, as Carol Barton guided students through the construction of various pop-up forms. Held in conjunction with the exhibition Rare Alignment¬† which opened at the gallery on the auspicious date of 11-11-11, the class was part of the exhibition’s exploration of how art, mathematics, and science often merge. Students spent the day exploring the principles of paper engineering, combining geometric and mechanical concepts with artistic visions to produce surprising pop-up environments.

Pop-Up Sparks Fly in the Smithsonian’s Spark Lab

It was a busy day at the Smithsonian Institution’s Spark Lab on Saturday, with kids and their parents inventing their own pop-ups in two workshop sessions. Talking animals, historic figures, and Valentine’s Day hearts were some of the subjects that these young paper engineers explored. Sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution Libraries, the workshops were held in conjunction with the current exhibition Paper Engineering: Fold, Pull, Pop and Turn. I’ll be conducting two more workshops on February 26th at 11:30 am and 2 pm, again at the Spark Lab in the National Museum of American History.