Pop-Up Design and Paper Mechanics: How to Make Folding Paper Sculpture

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This comprehensive guide to pop-up is a delightful introduction to the fun, surprising and intriguing aspects of a fascinating craft. Duncan Birmingham’s totally new and accessible approach to pop-up theory and practice distils the numerous mechanisms into a logical set of underlying shapes, and the techniques for building these shapes is methodically explained with step-by-step pictures and text. No measuring is necessary and only card, scissors and glue are needed to make highly complex folding sculptures. He ...

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Overview

This comprehensive guide to pop-up is a delightful introduction to the fun, surprising and intriguing aspects of a fascinating craft. Duncan Birmingham’s totally new and accessible approach to pop-up theory and practice distils the numerous mechanisms into a logical set of underlying shapes, and the techniques for building these shapes is methodically explained with step-by-step pictures and text. No measuring is necessary and only card, scissors and glue are needed to make highly complex folding sculptures. He demonstrates how sophisticated pop-up designs are constructed and shows how to form a 3D reference book, invaluable for professional and amateur designers interested in this craft.

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Pop-up books, now an extraordinary visual art form, have come a long way. If you've ever been inspired to create your own, expert pop-up designer Birmingham here provides an overview of the theory, art, and science behind paper mechanics. Beginning with a thorough introduction to the foundation shapes behind pop-ups, he describes the techniques of building structures and mechanisms such as pull tabs. A variety of projects are included. While this primer is visually stunning and easy to follow, it isn't for children or impatient adults. But it's a unique book that will inspire paper artists interested in bringing life and movement to their creations.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781861086853
  • Publisher: Guild of Master Craftsman
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 386,087
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Duncan Birmingham has taught paper mechanics at university level for 20 years and has an extensive library of books on pop-up. He is the author of several books on the subject and his Pop-Up! A Manual of Paper Mechanisms 9781899618095 was hailed the most comprehensive book, to date, on the subject. He lives in Bristol. Also available: Making Mechanical Cards 9781861086358

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  • Posted February 12, 2011

    Wonderful Resource

    This is one of the best resource books on making and designing pop-ups! I have been collecting pop-ups and learning how to make them. This one was different from the other ones I own. It not only gives patterns for basic mechanisms, but explains the order and method of gluing them together. No math skills required to build the 13 projects which use various pop-up structures. He provides information for those who would gain more understanding using a mathematical explanation.

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