Next month swarms of pop-up artists and fans descend upon Philadelphia for three days of presentations, hands-on workshops and hopefully some juicy gossip. If you plan on attending please remember that TODAY is the last day for early registration to the Movable Book Society biennial conference. There are still spots left to attend the conference, but hotel rooms are filling up, so act fast! You can print out the registration form here. If you would like a sneak peek of the tentative schedule then check out this PDF.
Shawn Sheehy is in charge of programming this year and has set-up many great presentations of new pop-up projects by numerous paper engineers as well as rare antique movables from collectors and conservators. Attendees will also be visiting the University of Philadelphia library and later the University of Arts for a demonstration and workshop with Sam Ita. Our keynote speaker this year is the UK book artist Paul Johnson and I look forward to see what he has in store for the group. It has been many years since I had a chance to see Paul and his colorful explosive pop-up creations. Closing out the conference will be the presentation of the Meggendorfer Prize for the best recent commercial pop-up book and I am very curious to see who will win this time around. Additionally, for the first time the Movable Book Society has expanded the prize categories to include Best Pop-up/Movable Artist Book and Best Emerging Paper Engineer.
This MBS conference is shaping up to have something for everyone and I am looking forward to seeing many familiar faces and meeting new folks. I’ve waited almost two years, so I guess I can wait another month.