This project took 16 years to complete (although there was a long hiatus in the middle) and touches on many facets of my career (collaboration and inspiration, to name two). My initial interest in paper came from pop-up books and cards, and I made the prototype for this book in Susan Share’s class at Penland in 1996. When I showed the prototype to University of Washington Special Collections librarian Sandra Kroupa a few years ago, she encouraged me to edition it.
In 2011, I applied for and received a project grant from the Regional Arts & Culture Council in Portland. Their generous funding allowed me to purchase materials and work with many talented individuals: Nora Robertson, who wrote the lovely poems;
Melanie Brauner, who letterpress printed the text and bound the books;
Phil Poehlein, who foil stamped the book cover;
and Joe Freedman, who laser cut the pages and the box.
I am thankful for the design and illustration assistance I had from interns Leah Uvodich, Kate DePara and Jaclyn Bowie. And Spicers Paper generously contributed the paper for the book pages and colophon.
I have already enjoyed a couple of interactive workshops with children. in which I share the book with them, read the poems, and have them create their own pop-up animal. Then we engage in shadowplay using flashlights.
Special thanks to Dan Kvitka for the photography. This is an edition of 50 books, and you can view this book in the John Wilson Room at the Central Library in Portland, Oregon (more venues coming soon)!