Books about Pop-Ups

Books about Pop-Ups

The Sunday Paper #210

May 27, 2018

Paper of the Week: Five Books about Pop-UPs

Who doesn’t love a pop-up book? Talk about page turners! Here’s a unique selection of books that focus on what goes into creating pop-ups and movable books. Grab some supplies and get popping!


In the Studio: Paper Talk

I had a lovely visit/podcast interview with Pat & Peter Gentenaar in The Netherlands in March. I hope you’ll listen to our discussion over on Paper Talk. Peter & Pat met in the late 60’s at the California College of Arts & Crafts (now California College of the Arts) in Oakland and settled in the Netherlands shortly afterwards. Peter talks about how the struggle to make three dimensional prints led him to envision making his own paper, and how an introduction to commercial papermaking at the Royal Dutch Paper Factory got him started. Pat talks about how studying fiber arts at CCA with well-known fiber artist Trude Gueromonprez ultimately led her to creating pulp paintings before there was even a name for the technique. We discuss how they navigated the financial support system for Dutch artists, raised two daughters, and restored the historic farmhouse where they still live and work.
Papery Tidbits:

  • I’m updating my website and have added The Paper Shop, which features studio samples, papers and more. Take a peek!
  • I’m teaching my Paper Illuminated Online Class this summer! Click here to be notified when registration opens June 1st. Class begins in mid-July!
  • Join me at Idyllwild Arts during the week of July 4th. Find out more about The Potential of Paper and Paper Sculpture.


While in the Netherlands, we also visited paper artist Petra Poolen in Maastricht. She served us a lovely lunch and we chatted (mostly) about paper (my husband and daughter were troopers). Petra is a member of my facebook group Club Paper and shared this lovely lamp with us over there. Join us over in Club Paper if you’d like!

Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now,” a recently opened exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. takes a look at historic and contemporary examples of the medium of paper silhouettes. I was interested to learn that this form of portraiture was fairly egalitarian: for a penny, you could cut your own silhouette (with a physiognotrace – a tracing device), or for a quarter, you could have your profile professionally cut and mounted in a wooden frame.

Unidentified Artist, Flora and Bill of Sale, 1796. Courtesy of the Stratford Historical Society and the National Portrait Gallery.

Sky Goodies makes the cutest DIY paper objects! Check out their Etsy shop and here’s a lovely video about the company.

And on the topic of Pop-Ups! The Movable Book Society is the organization dedicated to paper engineering. They’re meeting in Kansas City, MO at the end of September, and I’m going! Check out the line-up of speakers and events and register! I’m teaching a couple of post-event workshops the day after the conference at the Kansas City Center for Ink & Paper Arts (all are welcome).

This is a fascinating article about the history of paper clothing in the West (I specify, because paper thread’s beginnings were in the East). I knew about the dresses in the 60’s, but didn’t realize that paper suits (and more) were created after WWI!


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  1. Your website looks great!

  2. Helen says:

    Thanks so much, Louise!