Archive for August, 2012


Sunday, August 19th, 2012

I am very excited that the 9th biennial conference of the Movable Book Society will be coming to Salt Lake City, Utah on September 27-29, 2012.  This will be my sixth time joining the weekend long celebration of pop-up book related programs and I think this year is going to be a great event.  I look forward to hearing presentations from folks like Chuck Fischer, Andrew Baron, Robert Sabuda and many more designers, book artists and collectors.  There will be hands-on workshops and demonstrations where attendees can put down the cameras and pick up their scissors and glue.  We will get a chance to tour local book arts studios and view a pop-up exhibit from the collection of Ann Montanaro Staples.  Plus with the book swaps, sales and signings alongside an auction for great items, I’m sure I will be running around non-stop each day checking out pop-up prototypes and classic moveable mechanisms while bumping into new folks and old friends.

So if you want to meet fellow book collectors and creators like me, I suggest you act fast as the early registration for the conference ends very soon on Wednesday, August 22nd!  You can find more information and a registration form at the Movable Book Society conference webpage.

This will be my first time exploring Salt Lake City, so if any regular readers have tips on what to do and see and where to find the ChowTruck for some tasty snacks, please leave a comment.


Automata Mania

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

I have been thinking a lot about mechanics, gears, levers and machines lately as I design some of my latest pop-up creations.  This desire to understand movement and cause/effect relationship in paper often leads me to the great German site: Spiel und Kunst mit Mechanik curated by the very knowledgeable Falk Keuten.  Don’t worry if you can’t read German as there are video clips from all around the world showcasing amazing inventions, automatons, games, sculpture and more.

Coincidentally, a reader brought us another great webpage for a brief history of automatons. (Thank you Molly and Abby, and have fun with your Hugo Cabret book event!)

Lastly, I am excited to begin a new semester teaching pop-up design at Pratt Institute later this month.  Check back in the coming months to see some examples from these budding paper engineers.  Speaking of machines and Pratt, my fellow instructor Ben Hopson and his students create some amazing objects in his kinetic product design course.  When Hopson is not teaching he is designing cool objects like his ‘Gear Ring’ which has been a favorite of mine for sometime.

Now I have to get back to the cutting mat as the gears are turning in my head and I want to try out some new ideas.