I’m very excited to be planning for the Pop-Up Books Class that starts next Friday, September 12th at the Palo Alto Art Center. It is filling up, but has some spaces still available. The class is on Fridays from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and runs for 10 weeks. You can sign up here. (If you have any problem signing up, please email me or leave me a comment.)
One of the challenges of pop-up books, other than the mechanics, is that many examples are “cute.” And while that in itself is not a bad thing, I know very few artists who appreciate their work being called cute.
At the same time, pop-ups add such an interesting and potentially interactive element, there must be a way to incorporate them into art for grown-ups, right?
When I’m designing the books I teach in class, I think of my students – what other kind of media do they work in? What subjects will be interesting to them? What can they actually use after class? I really like this structure because it is scalable and is useful for photographers, painters, illustrators – even ceramicists who want to photograph and display their work.
This is a sample, that I just finished for the class, which uses pop-up elements to create a gallery for my photos. What might have been mildly interesting photos of fall leaves on a flat surface, suddenly have more dynamic interest when mounted on pop-up elements.
I’ve added even more visual interest by creating two different kind of pop-up galleries and by mounting some of the photos half-on and half-off the page.
Right now my studio is littered with little paper samples, I look forward to sharing more of them with you soon.
If you have any questions about the class, please ask. Looking forward to seeing you in class next Friday!