Monday, July 2, 2012

Week 26: Pop-up Sampler Surprise!

The book of the week for last week is Pop-up Sampler Surprise! It's made for a  class I'm teaching at NCSU's College of Design. We'll make a flat back board book based on styles of art, using pop-up and movable elements as a visual.. I've tried to make my sample book simple so the students can incorporate the their own ideas and imagery without any influence..
A flat back book with pastepaper covered boards
Title Page

So, we'll start with the Box Pop-out.. one of the simplest of pop-out structures...
And then expand that to Architectural Origami (or Origamic Architecture) which was developed by Masahiro Chatani a Japanese professor of architecture.. To practice making some intricate origamic architecture and read more about it, check out the book, Pop-up Origamic Architecture, by Masahiro Chatani.
Stairs are an easy starting point...
After boxes, the next easy pop-up structure is the triangle or "V fold. As most pop-up structures, this element crosses a fold, in this case the centerfold of the folio.
Oh Asia!
And then things can get more complicated! One of my favorite pop-up structures is the Triangle supported pop-up because there is some cooperation involved when two or more pop-ups are used.. and they look silly when they move!
Buzzzz Buzzzz, sweet flower
With all that moving around, the next structure is the Volvelle or wheel... a very old movable element dating to books in the 12th century.
Taking in the sun flowers
And that leads to the next pop-up.. The Tab. It's really fun! wink, wink..
Tab pushed in...
Tab pulled out!
After Tabs we'll explore the Platform. It's one of the most common structures.. just a folded plane parallel to the page which is held up by three or more "posts" of folded heavy paper. It can be a solid plane.. like a table top, a magic carpet, or a beach blanket, or can have cutouts like a well or window frame... More platforms can be stacked on top and different size platforms can be protruding through cutouts.. Like most things, the platform can be complex or simple.
A girl and her kitten, at the beach
The last pop-up structure we'll make is the Prop. Very simple and similar to platforms, the image isn't folded because its base attaches to one page and rises from it parallel to the other page.. very similar to a Box pop-up, but with glued-on posts to keep it box-like and popped out. Some people like to use photograph cutouts as Prop pop-ups, but I like to draw things like cars...
Watch out! ...pop-ups are addictive...
So that's the plan for the class at NC State.. I'll post some pictures of the books the students make in a few weeks. 

To see some earlier book structures from of a class I taught to NCSU design students this past winter (February?), read the post "Andy's Book." If you are interested in learning to make pop-ups for cards or a book, check out books by Carol Barton: The Pop-up Paper Engineer, Vols 1-3, Duncan Birmingham: Pop-up Design and Paper Mechanics, Mark Hiner: Paper Engineering, David Carter & James Diaz: The Elements of Pop-up... and any other books you can find on the subject. 

In Joy!