Archive for December, 2010

Vintage Movable Review: Sleeping Beauty

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

It’s winter and I feel like hibernating.  This desire for dreamland reminds me of the great pop-up, Sleeping Beauty by Vojtech Kubasta.  This English language copy was printed in 1961 by Artia in Prague for Bancroft & Co. in London.  It is a charming retelling of the classic fairytale and Kubasta has brought his trademark design to the work.  Largely cut from single sheets of paper, he embellished these inventive pop-ups with pull tabs (including the cover!).  Kubasta’s color palette and characters are lively and unique and the story invites countless rereadings…that is after I take a nap.


What’s Popped Up: Harry Potter Pop-up

Monday, December 6th, 2010

Recently I was able to see paper engineer Bruce Foster and his newest project, Harry Potter: A Pop-Up Book, which was published this month by Insight Editions.  Working closely with original concept artist, Andrew Williamson, Bruce was able to animate many memorable moments and locations from the past movies. Dimensional scenes from Diagon Alley, and Hogwarts Castle are among my favorites.  Other pop-up pages include Magical Creatures, Magical Games and the Dark Arts.  This is a great book for fans of JK Rowling and her young wizard and it’s gotten me primed to go see the new film.