Archive for July, 2009

Baby Signs Pop-up Book Tour

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

Baby Signs Cover

Do you have a baby? Do you know of someone with a baby? Do you plan to reproduce in the near future? Would you like to communicate with a child who has not grasped the complex rules of English grammar? Do you live near Lake Michigan?

If you have answered yes to any of these questions you might be interested to know that Kyle Olmon will be participating in his Biennial Book Tour 2009 on Saturday, July 18th. Kyle will be in the Chicagoland area to promote his newest pop-up book Baby Signs at two book events in one day. Join him for storytime at the Deer Park Barnes & Noble in the morning, or stop by the Rena Sternberg Gallery in Glencoe for an afternoon of three-dimensional delight. Please find the information for both venues below:

Baby Signs presentation and book signing

Saturday, July 18th from 11:00 am to Noon.

Barnes & Noble
Deer Park Town Center
20600 North Rand Road
Deer Park, IL 60010
For more store details and map, please click here.

Baby Signs reading, pop-up demonstration and book signing

Saturday, July 18th from 2:00 – 4:00 pm.

Rena Sternberg Gallery
378 Park Avenue
Glencoe, IL 60022
Click here for a map. Event listing can be found here.

Come on out and stock up on baby shower gifts and support a young author. Please feel free to share this announcement of a truly rare event with your friends, family and even strangers carrying babies on the street. Thank you.

Probably the best Swiss souvenir books

Friday, July 10th, 2009

Ellen Rubin aka the Popuplady recently brought my attention to a new series of pop-up books promoting Switzerland and its many cultural, natural and architectural wonders. There are six books in the series created by Stand-Up–Switzerland, and the publisher boasts of being “the original” as well as “the no. 1 3D-Book of Switzerland.” I had the opportunity to review two titles in the series and opted to focus on the major cities of Zurich and Bern. Looks like I chose well as the copy of Best of Bern displayed a sticker plainly stating “probably the best Swiss Souvenir-Book”.

Swiss Souvenir Books

The designers cram almost 40 pages of information in the 12” x 9” format that features a pop-up map of the host region on the first spread as well as a large complex paper engineered structure with accompanying pop-up side flap in the center of the book. In Bern, the Bundeshaus (Parliament building) unfolds to a satisfyingly solid structure. For Zurich, the Grossmunster cathedral takes center stage to St. Peter’s clock tower. The good people at Refeka really did a nice job with the paper engineering.

Since this is a promotion catering to the tourism trade, all the books are printed in German, French, English, Chinese and Japanese. Additionally, pop-up cards are available for purchase at the online store. With the aid of Google translation and helpful English email correspondence I had no trouble ordering these welcome editions. If you are interested in a unique souvenir of your time abroad or wish to supplement your pop-up collection, I recommend you consider picking some up.

A Castle On the Ocean

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

Castle on the Ocean

A friend of mine came across this while surfing the Web and thought I’d like it. He knows I like paper craft (as anyone one the blog has figured out) and he knows I like castles (as my first pop-up book can attest) – so the combination of these is a sure fire favorite. I was stunned at the level of complexity and sophistication achieved in this tour de force of paper craft. Check out some of the amazing photos at Tokyobling’s blog as well as get some info on the exhibition. A young art student named Wataru Itou spent FOUR years working on this project to complete a degree at a Tokyo art university.

A few more images can be found at the main Japanese website for the Uminohotaru gallery.

Also, I was able to find an article on the paper craft castle here. Since I don’t read Japanese, I had to rely on Google translate to get the gist of the story but it looks like the sprawling town (complete with a castle, construction cranes and moving train) was displayed in a student exhibition earlier this year. At the end of the show, this labor of love was to be burned to the ground! At the last minute, the owner of the gallery rescued it from the flames and found an exhibition space in the underwater Uminohotaru gallery off the coast of Tokyo.

So glad to see this work of art survive to enchant future audiences. Including me.

– Kyle