Pocket Paper Engineer, Volume I: Basic Forms: How to Make Pop-Ups Step-by-Step

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Elegant and accessible, this interactive handbook teaches crafters of all ages how to create kinetic paper art. The projects are complete with examples, formulas, and the essential instruction that allows them to be constructed directly from the book with simple materials on hand: paper, scissors, and glue. Pop-ups are grouped by type—box or triangle—and as the chapters progress, the techniques are combined and layered for more dramatic effects. With its thorough explanations and inspiring ideas, this book will bring color and motion to crafters’ cards, scrapbooks, and invitations.

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Most of the examples focus on grown-up uses for popups-effective presentations and so on-but it's really easy to see how you could use this with kids (or friends) to make wicked-cool art.
Would-be architects and engineers will enjoy this introduction to the art of making pop-ups. Unlike many books on the subject, this one does not offer elaborate projects. Instead Barton explains the mechanics behind basic forms and techniques. Although today pop-ups and "movables" are often associated with children's books, the author points out that as early as the fifteenth century, such constructions were used in scientific texts for fields like astronomy and human anatomy. Included in the spiral-bound volume are simple but sophisticated projects that can be cut out and constructed, designed so that "the beauty of their underlying geometries can be readily comprehended and appreciated." This workbook format makes the book more suitable for individual than library use. Robert Sabuda's recent work, America the Beautiful (Little Simon/S & S, 2004), illustrates the possibilities of this type of paper engineering. The author plans a series of workbooks building on the skills introduced here. Judging from this promising beginning, readers who work through them patiently will be able not only to construct pop-ups but to understand the principles underlying their constructions. Teachers will find this book a useful classroom resource (if they can keep students from taking their Exacto knives to the book). It would also make an excellent gift for a budding paper engineer. For those students who would like to skip the mechanics and move directly to flashy projects, Paul Jackson's The Pop-Up Book (Owl Books, 1994) is a good choice. VOYA CODES: 4Q 3P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; JuniorHigh, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2005, Popular Kinetics Press, 68p.; Index. Illus., $24. Ages 11 to 18.
—Kathleen Beck
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780962775208
  • Publisher: Popular Kinetics Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 67
  • Sales rank: 610,044
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol Barton teaches workshops and classes in paper engineering and book arts and is on the faculty at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She is the author of A Journal of One’s Own, and her art books are kept in the collections of the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian. She lives in Glen Echo, Maryland.

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  • Posted December 11, 2009

    GREAT book!

    This is one of the very finest instructions books I have ever seen. (I taught for over 30 years and have written many instructional texts).
    The design is beautiful, not only on the eyes, but also in its structure. The instructions are clear and clean.
    The book is so beautiful that you may want to order an extra set of the practice cards so you don't have to cut up the originals in the book. You can get them from www.popularkinetics.com (directly from Ms Barton).
    You will probably also want Volume 2 (for which there don't seem to be extra cards yet). This is every bit as good as Volume 1.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2008

    Pop-up mysteries revealed

    Pop-up books and cards delight children and adults with their unique and clever designs, but how are these intricate pictures created? If you¿ve ever wanted to make one yourself, The Pocket Paper Engineer will show you how.<BR/><BR/>This set of two volumes focuses on basic pop-up forms, platforms and props in a fully hands-on manner. Designed to be taken apart and used in construction, the pages are sturdy and include pockets to place your finished products. Clear directions and illustrations show you exactly how to put these pop-up designs together, and then explain how to use these newly acquired skills for creations of your own.<BR/><BR/>The Pocket Paper Engineer is well-designed, and the step-by-step instructions are easy for anyone to follow. I highly recommend these unique how-to books on crafting pop-ups.<BR/><BR/>Reviewer: Alice Berger, Bergers Book Reviews

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