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1: 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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"Most of the examples focus on grown-up uses for popupseffective presentations and so onbut it's really easy to see how you could use this with kids (or friends) to make wicked-cool art." BoingBoing.net
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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.
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The personal feel of the pockets for handmade examples or ideas is wonderful. I wish Carol Barton would use her wonderful teaching process to make a book on painting, drawing, sculpture,textiles,and all the materials that need to be taught in skills, not copied examples.
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The book isn't just for kids and the art is retro-hip and pleasing to look at. I did a couple as well and then "popped out" a hand-made father's day card for my dad. I am planning to get the next book in the series.
Yesterday I received my copy of PPE and wanted to let you know how delighted I am with the book. Wow! I had ordered it as a gift but when I saw it, I immediately ordered two more -- one for myself and another as a gift for my daughter (she's a magazine publisher).
I've been making pop-ups for 25 years and have copies of most pop-up how-to books that I know of, including some long out of print. I've taught pop-up book making and even made an "award-winning" pop-up (audience favorite). We've been in touch before back in the 1990s. You sent me some slides of your work. Your book is unique in that it is itself an artist's book. Colour, dimensions, texture, images, layout -- they're all perfect. It's all I can do to restrain myself from taking out the exacto knife on the copy I've got rather than waiting for my own copy to arrive in the mail.
My immediate question is: when is volume two coming out? Will you be doing pull-tab mechanisms, too?