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 on what interests you!
I thought I’d just highlight a few of them. Colette Fu kicked off the first evening with a slide show and talk about her 6-month stint in China where she worked in a studio at the Swatch Art Peace Hotel in Shanghai. Sally Blakemore spent two weeks with Colette traveling through remote areas of China, and she talked about visiting a papermaking village in a cave.
There is a whole cast of characters interested in pop-ups and movables. Emily Martin makes artists’ books and gave a presentation about her carousel book Romeo and Juliet.
Yevgenia Yeretskaya gave a wondeful presentation about her career in paper engineering. She’s an art director at Up With Paper and has done many projects on her own. The day after I got home, I saw her book Snowflakes at my local bookstore. She spoke about compromises that have to made between design and production.
We went on field trips one day. Here we are at UPenn in the special collections library. They pulled out some amazing books for us to look at!
Like this one:
We spent several hours at University of the Arts where they have a brand new papermaking studio (that will be a separate blog post). We saw these sheets being printed on a Heidelberg printing press, and then Sam Ita, who designed a LOVE pop-up, showed us how to cut and assemble our own cards.
Several books were on display for a competition. This is Yoojin Kim, a young designer at Up With Paper with the book that she entered.
There is so much more to tell… these are just the bits that I remembered to photograph. I’ll have to write another post about the other presentations that I heard, the collectors and librarians that I met, and more!