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About the Author

Duncan Birmingham has taught paper mechanics at university level for 20 years and has an extensive library of books on pop-up. He is the author of several books on the subject and his Pop-Up! A Manual of Paper Mechanisms 9781899618095 was hailed the most comprehensive book, to date, on the subject. He lives in Bristol. Also available: Making Mechanical Cards 9781861086358
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Guild of Master Craftsman (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861086857
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861086853
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.6 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Great addition to other books.
Ellowyn16
Plus, the diagrams/pictures are easy to understand if you don't quite follow the instructions/math for a particular example.
Allison Corning
I love it and Can NOT wait to get started.
Jennifer Touney

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Duncan Birmingham on March 10, 2011
Format: Paperback
I am the author of this book. Over the years I've noticed that many people find accurate measuring the most difficult and off-putting aspect of making pop-ups. This book explains a simple way of making complex pop-ups without measuring. I hope you enjoy it.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By jumper on April 12, 2011
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I already have enough pop-up how-to books that fill me with envy and despair, so I like this one for its classical, theoretical approach. The book's playful design offsets the obvious effort it takes to really learn something and own the knowledge. It feels like somebody's workshop rather than an art gallery--a place for learning what one needs to know to have this craft serve one's own imagination. The author has been teaching paper engineering for 20 years, and it shows.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By StageFortPress on February 15, 2012
Format: Paperback
I just spent the morning sitting in bed perusing this book and I suspect that the creator of this book is a very clear thinking and generous person.
The lay out and design of the book has been well thought out. The simple pop-up examples are visually beautiful and the instructions are simple enough for a six year old to understand.
The sections are simply laid out, it reminds me of a really well designed cookbook.
I am most impressed by the 2 page "Materials List" and was surprised to realize that I have all the tools I need on hand to begin a simple project immediately.
As well, a 2 page section explaining "pop-up sketching" has invaluable strategies for any artist...and I want to include writers, musicians and film makers in this category.
I've always envied pop up design but felt the learning curve would be too much of a time investment. I feel compelled to invest some time after reading this book. I know before I even undertake a simple project that I will be able to successfully pull it off.
I love art instruction that is so clearly defined and accessible.
"Pop-Up Design and Paper Mechanics" would be a great addition to any artist's library whether or not one ever sits down with paper and scissors and constructs a pop-up.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dawn M Jones on March 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
As a mathematician and a crafter, so I am always on the look out for topics that blend art and mathematics. I had never made a pop up before this book and now me and my students are able to do some very complex designs.

What's great is that this book shows how to do and and also explains why it works. The why it works is so important when you try to modify a design. Now I use pop ups in my class and in my scrapbooks!

This is a fabulous book and a must read for anyone interested in making pop ups.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Magic g on May 29, 2012
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This is one of the best if not the best book written on this subject. i tried others and things did not always turned right!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kay-daphne Airola on June 22, 2011
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This book is fun and easy to follow. It came in a very short time after I placed my order.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Touney on April 12, 2013
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I thought this book was very easy to understand. I love it and Can NOT wait to get started. Love the graphics, they too made the understanding of this book easier.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By N. Raukko on January 26, 2013
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I was looking for a "How to" book and this has great illustrations, examples, reproducibles, and explanations to make pop-up books and cards.
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