Archive for January, 2014

Happy Year of the Horse

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Today is the start of the Spring Festival or Chinese New Year and I want to wish all my friends in Hong Kong ‘Gong Hey Fat Choy’ and on the mainland ‘Gong Xi Fa Cai’. I wish you all joy and prosperity in the year of the Wood Horse.

I can’t believe that it was a year ago when I was able to last visit China to oversee production of the Lancome pop-up presskit. What a memorable trip! I just missed the two week long celebrations last time, and one of these days I hope that my travel plans will allow me to take part in the feasts, fireworks and the little red envelopes.

To celebrate, I put up a video of a horse made out of wood (well, ok, it’s really paper) that I have been playing around with to study the natural movement of animals. It is only 30 seconds long, so take a peek and tell me what you think.


Czech out the pop-ups from Prague

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

I am very excited for next week when the Pop-ups from Prague exhibit opens at the Grolier Club in Manhattan. Ellen G.K. Rubin, a.k.a. The PopupLady, will be sharing over a hundred works by the famed designer Vojtech Kubasta. In celebration of the 100 year anniversary of his birth, attendees will get a rare treat to view a variety of illustrations and movables that Kubašta created over his very productive lifetime. Advertisements, ephemera, pop-ups and moveables all jockey for attention in the display cases on the second floor of this intimate Upper East Side club. Many of the items have not been shown in public before, and some have not been mentioned in previous attempts to catalog Kubašta’s prodigious output. Kubašta is one of my favorite paper engineers and this show is going to be a real eye opener to the depth and breadth of his many artistic talents.

The exhibit is on view from January 23 thorough March 15, 2014 in the second floor Members’ Gallery and a color catalog will be available for purchase. It was announced that a Collector’s Forum will be held on Tuesday, February 4, 2014, 6-8 PM with a lecture by curator, Ellen G. K. Rubin, followed by a panel discussion with Dagmar Kubaštová, Kubašta’s daughter, Robert Sabuda, award-winning paper engineer and Monika Brandup, Creative Director of Up With Paper. Plus there are curator-led tours of the exhibition on Wednesday, February 12, 5:30-7:30 PM, Wednesday, February 26, 1-2 PM and Saturday, March 1, 2-4 PM. More information can be found on the announcement.

I hope to see you all there at the events and for the folks who cannot make it to New York, I will be sharing more about this highly anticipated centennial celebration in the coming weeks.