Paper Pop-Ups

The Sunday Paper #107, May 15, 2016 Paper of the Week: Pico Paisley Moss Green from GPC Papers Double-sided papers are useful for a variety of reasons. But for this pop-up dandelion card (a tutorial is available here) the decorative side makes for a nice cover while the plain inside doesn’t interfere with the pop-up flower. This is a screen printed handmade cotton paper from

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Movable Book Society Conference Observations

A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend the Movable Book Society’s semi-annual conference in Philadelphia. I was invited to give a talk about my book Playing With Pop-Ups, which features many of the paper engineers who were at the conference. It was really fun to be amongst the luminaries in this field! Please excuse all of the links – just click

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The Movable Book Society

I’m super excited to be going to the Movable Book Society Conference next week in Philadelphia, where I’ll be lecturing and facilitating a mini-workshop.

My interest in paper actually began with pop-ups, way back in the mid 1980’s when I spent my junior year of college in Germany. I took a PAPER course and another one about TYPE (and one about silkcreen too, but

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Mother's Day Cards

A quick note to new (and old) subscribers! You newbie’s signed up for The Sunday Paper, but I wanted to let you know that I do one more post a week, generally on Wednesdays, featuring a profile of a paper afficionado, a how-to project, a technique or something that is going on in my studio. That’s why you are getting another post in your in

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The Story Behind Alpha Blocks

I’ve just finished packaging the first 40 copies of my newest artists’ book, Alpha Blocks. Would you believe that this project began in 1986? I was studying abroad in Germany for a year and stumbled across the font Block Up in an old letraset catalog. I was captivated with the idea of bringing the two-dimensional font printed on paper to life, so I decided to

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Goodreads Giveaway through April 30, 2014


Yay, it’s a giveaway! Click here for a chance to win a copy of Playing With Pop-Ups!

And here’s the first review of the book that I’ve seen, all the way from Singapore. It includes lots of pictures, plus they shot this video of someone thumbing through the pages of the book.


Playing With Pop-Ups!

Don’t forget to pre-order

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Pop-Ups & Wishes

This has been a busy couple of weeks! My book Playing With Pop-Ups is scheduled to be released on May 1st; and I’m putting the final touches on The Wish Project, which will be installed later this month! This picture features an advance copy of Playing With Pop-Ups, which I received last week when I was in Golden for a marketing workshop. I had

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A Butterfly Book

The template for this butterfly book is available if you subscribe to my newsletter. Thanks to those of you who already do! I do enjoy designing paper projects like this and plan to change the template download quarterly. If you are a newsletter subscriber, you’ll receive each new template as they are released.

Notice that the pages in the center are book shaped and

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Artist Profile: Shawn Sheehy

The first time I met Shawn Sheehy, we spent an hour or so together in the pop-up book section at Powells Books in Portland. It was fun to page through the collection of movable books, oohing and aahing in tandem with another pop-up enthusiast.

Shawn Sheehy, Hesperana, 2010, handmade cotton/abaca paper

Shawn makes incredible pop-up books, often using his own handmade papers.

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Pre-Order Your Copy of Playing With Pop-Ups

I’m excited to announce that you can now pre-order my new book Playing With Pop-Ups.

Click here to order your copy and receive a bonus: the materials and instructions to create your own pop-up dandelion card (this is project that is not featured in the book).

Playing With Pop-Ups features 15 amazing pop-ups by some of the top paper engineers today:

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Alpha Blocks


I’m excited to be finishing up the first copies of Alpha Blocks, my newest artists’ book. It will make its debut with Playing With Pop-Ups. I’ll start taking orders later this week and will start shipping as soon as the books arrive from the warehouse (there is no exact arrival date for the boat coming from the printer in China). Look for details

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Animated Movable Books

It is so much fun to turn the pages of a pop-up book and watch it come to life. Sometimes it isn’t possible to interact with books that are on display or are too old to handle, and you are left to imagine how they move. Animating pop-up books is a great way to show how they work!

Larry Seidman is a pop-up and movable

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Artist Profile: Carol Barton

Carol Barton is the first artist I met who was working with pop-ups. She taught workshops at the Center for Book Arts in New York, where I was a work study volunteer way back in the early 1990’s. Looking back, I’m so thankful for that sweet gig! I got to take classes with Hedi Kyle, Susan Share, Barbara Mauriello and Gloria Helfgot, among other stars

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Free Valentine Template

I have a little gift I’m offering to those of you who subscribe to my newsletter (not to worry, those of you who already subscribe will be receiving it in my newsletter today).

I designed this valentine and am sharing the template with everyone who signs up for my monthly email newsletter, filled with details about upcoming workshops, special offers and exhibitions. Just head

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For the Love of Letterforms

I love handwriting and fonts; when I was a kid I discovered that I can write backwards. Can you? Try it – when I tried it I could just do it (in cursive). My daughter just tried it, and she can do it too. So, maybe everyone can do it or perhaps she has inherited my obscure (and useless) talent!


And once,

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Sneak Peak: My New Book

Here’s the cover of my newest book, Playing With Pop-Ups, which is being printed, bound and will be ready to read in early May! It is a colorful book (on the inside too) which I’m really liking. Here you see artwork by David Carter, a project by Shawn Sheehy, artwork by Peter Dahmen and a project by Carol Barton.

This book is a bit

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On the Bookshelf

I am in Portland for 12 days (the first five have flown by). Yesterday, the kids and I went to Powells Books and we each went our separate ways (they know where to find me… in the papercraft section). I was delighted to see all four of my books on the shelf grouped together. Nearby was Dard Hunter’s well known publication, Papermaking. And a

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Origamic Architecture

As many of you know, I’m writing a new book called Playing With Pop-Ups. I’m in the home stretch… my final manuscript is due July 1. I find this deadline both nerve wracking and relieving! But let me be the first to say that I’ll be smiling come July 1. Pop-Ups were actually my entrée into the world of paper. Back in 1986, when I

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The Paper Club

I host a weekly after school club at my kid’s school, which I started in Portland about five years ago at The Portland Village School. It has been a fun little gig that started with my children as participants, and then helpers, and now, well, they’ve graduated (in other words, they don’t want to help their mom anymore)! I’ve got a steady group of about

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18: Pop-Ups

I think I could write 25 posts about pop-ups, but I’ll spare you… Pop-ups were my foray into paper arts. In 1986, when I spent my junior year abroad in Germany, I took a class in letter arts and discovered a three-dimensional alphabet in a book of fonts. The font was printed flat on the page, but illustrated in a way that I could recreate

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