Tag Archives: Smithsonian Institution

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.

Chuck Fischer’s Smithsonian Lecture

Chuck Fischer and Carol Barton at the Smithsonian InstitutionA Christmas Carol: A Pop-up Book by Chuck Fischer

Last week I went to a lecture and book-signing at the Smithsonian Institution with friend and renowned pop-up book illustrator Chuck Fischer.  The lecture was scheduled in conjunction with the Smithsonian Libraries’ exhibition Paper Engineering: Fold, Pull, Pop and Turn at the Museum of American History. In his talk, Chuck outlined the steps he takes in working with paper engineer Bruce Foster to illustrate Bruce’s pop-up structures.  He also showed a video of the Ipad application for his new pop-up book, A Christmas Carol: A Pop-Up Book, which you can watch with this YouTube link. Congratulations on the new title, Chuck and Bruce!