The Pocket Paper Engineer, Volume 2: Platforms and Props: How to Make Pop-Ups Step-by-Step

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The Pocket Paper Engineer, Volume 2: Platforms and Props: How to Make Pop-Ups Step-by-Step [Spiral-bound]

Carol Barton
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Editorial Reviews


"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

"To find a book that truly lays out the complex steps in understanding three-dimensional design and geometric thinking is a true blessing. The book's beautifully illustrated step-by-step instructions gradually build a knowledge base of the subject."  —Sally Blakemore, award-winning paper engineer, owner of Arty Projects Studio

"Have you ever turned the pages of a pop-up book and wondered 'How do they do it?' With The Pocket Paper Engineer, you, too, can learn the time-honored craft of paper engineering! Even a quick glance conveys that this is no ordinary 'how-to' book."  —Andrew Baron, recipient of The Meggendorfer Prize, paper engineering's highest award

From the Publisher

This second volume of THE POCKET PAPER ENGINEER promises to be another hit with both children and adults who want to learn more about the craft of making pop-up cards and pages. Written in clear, simple language and generously illustrated with 91 full-color photographs and over 100 instructional drawings, the book is easily accessible to the novice paper engineer at the same time it offers design tips and ideas to the professional graphic artist and designer. The book's hardcover case is protected with a matte varnish that resists moisture and dirt, and the inner wire-O binding allows the book to lie flat while the reader progresses through the step-by-step directions for the projects. Each of the book's ten interactive projects introduces a basic principle of pop-up paper construction. The project pages can be pulled directly from the book, then cut and assembled with a pair of scissors and a glue stick. Information on tools, formats, adhesives, and web resources are also included.

From the Author

THE POCKET PAPER ENGINEER is based on my twenty-five years of experience teaching children and adults the art of making pop-ups. As a book artist, I find the pop-up especially interesting as a way of incorporating three-dimensional sculpture into the book form. Teaching people how to design pop-ups helps them develop dimensional design and mechanical skills, encourages them to experiment through trial-and-error problem-solving, and is fun and very creative. It's especially useful in the classroom as a way to encourage kids to illustrate and write about a host of subjects--nature, history, architecture, and art. And it also works wonderfully as a cross-generational family activity.

About the Author

Carol Barton teaches workshops and classes in paper engineering and book arts and is on the faculty at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She is the author of A Journal of One's Own and three volumes of The Pocket Paper Engineer. Her art books are in collections around the world, including the Library of Congress, The Getty Museum, and the Tate Gallery in London. She lives in Bethesda, Maryland.

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Pop-Ups are theatrical in their surprise, movement, and dynamic presence. They are small, hand-held magic acts, appearing and disappearing across the page with the verve of actors making stage entrances and exits, telling dimensional stories.
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