I had the pleasure of meeting and hosting British pop-up book artist Paul Johnson when he was in Portland recently. He was on a West Coast tour: teaching four workshops at the San Francisco Center for the book, a weekend workshop at Oregon College of Art & Craft and working with students at Mills College in Oakland.
My own initial interest in paper was through origamic architecture, and this is one of the principals that Paul has used and developed throughout his career. He is an avid pop-up book maker, and has written almost twenty books on the subject, mostly for teachers. He travels around England teaching book arts in schools, and he comes to America about once a year to teach.
The timing of his visit was perfect! Once I learned a little more about Paul’s work, I asked him to contribute a project for my book, Playing with Paper, and he agreed and constructed this interlocking pop-up paper castle.
Paul’s construction techniques are unique because he uses paper tabs to interlock his ‘pages’. This allows his book structures to collapse very flat, because there are no folds that want to spring open.
Paul is also an prolific sketcher. He drew a lot around my home and studio, and this is a lovely little book he created with drawings of my studio. And it is one of those one-sheet book folds – one I’d never seen!