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The Pocket Paper Engineer, Volume I: Basic Forms: How to Make Pop-Ups Step-by-Step Hardcover-spiral – October 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Hardcover-spiral: 67 pages
  • Publisher: Popular Kinetics Press; 1st edition (October 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0962775207
  • ISBN-13: 978-0962775208
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.4 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #257,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Carol Barton's pop-up workbook is glorious! Unique and delightfully playful, her work continues the time-honored tradition of movables in books."  —Robert Sabuda, author, Winter's Tale: An Original Pop-Up Journey


"Most of the examples focus on grown-up uses for popups—effective presentations and so on—but it's really easy to see how you could use this with kids (or friends) to make wicked-cool art."  —BoingBoing.net

From the Publisher

This book is the first of three volumes that will be published on the art of "paper engineering" or how to make pop-ups. It introduces the subject by describing how pop-ups move, and what tools and materials are needed for their creation. Readers who have limited 3-dimensional design experience will appreciate the interactive, hands-on approach adapted by the author, who has taught the subject to people of all ages. Starting with the simplest cut-and-fold box and triangle forms, each project builds on the prior one in developing a knowledge base of pop-up formats. The book is filled with full-color photos of finished projects, sample ideas, and drawings of each step of the construction process. The book is hard-bound, with a matte varnish on the cover that resists dirt and moisture, and an inner spiral binding that allows the book to lie open flat while in use as an instruction manual.

More About the Author

Carol Barton is a book artist and paper engineer known for her how-to books and classes on making pop-ups and sculptural books. She is on the faculty at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and holds workshops and lectures at art and education centers across the U.S. and internationally. She curated the Smithsonian Institution's show "Science and the Artist's Book," and her illustrations were featured in National Geographic's article "Zip Code: 20812, It's Only a Paper Moon." Her artist editions are included in collections around the world, including the Getty Museum, New York MOMA, and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

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It is a great book. very helpful and easy to follow instructions.
Andrea Benson
Combinations of the basic box and triangle forms can be combined to create more complex designs while layered pop-ups will give even more versatility.
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Carol Barton, the Queen of Pop-Up's book,THE POCKET PAPER ENGINEER is a must-have addition to my book arts library.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By www.frontstreetreviews.com on July 22, 2006
Format: Hardcover-spiral
Carol Barton has created the ultimate instruction book for anyone who is would like to learn to use pop-ups in their creative work- and there may be more of you than you think. The potential for the use of pop-ups becomes limitless with the information from this guide.

Moveable books is not a new art. But this book takes the art form of pop-ups into the realm of possibilities. It begins with basic structures and progresses in nice, slow steps into complex, multi-layered pop-ups. It is the gift of the author to be able to describe and explain each step so that even beginners can follow easily. From basic box shapes it continues through triangles (including doubles and upside down), combinations of both and onto many different layered designs. Each step includes a pattern with all the spare parts needed that the reader/artist can use to make that pop-up card. This hands-on approach is what sets it above other instruction books of this kind. It is also possible to order a complete set of these samples if you do not want to cut up the ones in the book. Each chapter has a pocket to hold both the spare parts and the finished card. Very clever. Introductory chapters describe how pop-ups work, basic supply lists and hints to further creativity, final chapters examine safety and suppliers and the importance of paper grain. Well chosen quotes adorn each manila chapter divider.

The Pocket Paper Engineer is concrete enough to walk anyone thorough the steps of making a pop-up card but it also gives clear, concise instructions to enable the reader to take the information onto any level they desire. It stretches the imagination in many directions as it expands the journey from flat creations into three dimensional art.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A. Borloz on May 29, 2006
Format: Hardcover-spiral
This is more than a "how-to-do" book - it has several examples for the readers to try out the techniques & principles. And it has pockets to store them. I think it's a great idea that extra packets of examples are provided at extra cost in case you made a mistake or don't want to use the ones already in the book. It also will give us (especially pop-up book collectors and artists) a greater appreciation and understanding of how the pop-up books are designed and created. What makes this book even more interesting and entertaining are the quotes placed on different pages relating to creative endeavors. But the bottom line is that it's a great reference guide for any future pop-up book projects!
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43 of 50 people found the following review helpful By P. Gonyea on February 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover-spiral
Of the several how-to books I own on creating & designing pop-ups, this book disappointed me.
The vast majority is devoted to what is basically one pop-up technique, and the author gives numerous variations on that one type of pop-up as if each were entirely different. Yes, this book is simple & easy to use... great for those who want to play a bit -- or people who work with kids.
For true pop-up explorers however, pop-up mechanisms such as floating layers, scenery flats, boxes, etc. are not included in this book. To really dig into the subject of pop-ups and paper engineering, look elsewhere.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By B. King on August 23, 2008
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I bought both this and Volume 2. Returned Volume 1 and am not too thrilled with Volume 2. I have much better books on the same information which include easier to understand instructions, illustrations and certainly a much broader spectrum of challenges. Artfully illustrated but too limited in my opinion. It covers only one technique many time over. Volume 2 goes just a little beyond that! As a design instructor I used the art of "POP UP" as a tool for my students to use paper engineering to exercise their critical thinking skills. I would not have included either volume in my recommended reading for that purpose. It is more of a "cut and paste what is already provided" example of a very limited number of techniques.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Baron on June 5, 2006
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I've just read the other posted reviews, and I have to add that this book is, in itself, a work of art. There isn't a single aspect of it that isn't tastefully and professionally designed. The front and back of every page and every template are exquisitely rendered, and the how-to aspects are clear and understandable. It's one thing to have the skills to create imaginative pop-ups, and quite another to be able to convey it as naturally and intuitively for the reader as Carol does. I don't have the heart to tear out the perforated patterns on my copy, so it's fabulous that complete replacement sets of the inserts are available. This book is a welcome and rich addition to the world of pop-up. (signed) Andrew Baron, winner of the Movable Book Society 2004 Meggendorfer prize for Best Published Paper Engineered book.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ann E. Grasso on June 11, 2006
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Carol Barton has captured the essence of paper engineering and presented it so clearly that anyone will be delighted to make the samples included in her step by step examples. However, for myself, I preferred to order the Extra Cards so I could leave the book in tact. What a terrific idea to offer Extra Cards for the samples! Using children's artwork aids the accessibility of the information but does not detract from the awareness that advanced creators can employ the forms for more sophisticated endeavors. I note the cover says: Volume 1: Basic Forms. I look forward to Volume 2 and hope it is in the near future.
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