Many of the artists’ books in the Smithsonian American Art & Portrait Gallery Library’s collection tell stories—from personal struggles with addiction, to pictorial descriptions of how to create a human salad, to universal stories of historical conflicts, such as Kara Walker’s book “Freedom: A Fable.”
Bruce Foster is among the pop-up elite, one of the foremost paper engineers in the world.
He frequently makes presentations in schools, explaining what paper engineers do and how they work with artists and writers to create pop-up books. He begins by talking about Disney’s film Enchanted, for which he designed the opening and closing pop-up scenes, and ends the talk with something that never fails to delight his young audiences — Harry Potter. Bruce will be signing copies of the Harry Potter Pop-up and Wow! The Pop-Up Book of Sports after the lecture.
Bruce Foster, Paper Engineer
Tuesday, May 10th, 2011
Carmichael Auditorium, National Museum of American History
12th and Constitution Avenue NW
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The Birth of a Corporate Pop-up Book
Paper Engineer Andrew Baron
Monday April 18, 2011
National Museum of American History
Pop-up books are one of the last entirely hand-made, mass-produced products made today. Have you ever wondered how they are designed and produced?
See the story behind the design and manufacturing of Acuity's Storybook Year, a unique creation that at first glance looks like an elaborate pop-up book of nursery rhymes. However upon closer look it turns out to be an annual report for a mutual company!
Proud recipient of a "Best Medium-Sized Company to work for in America citation," Acuity is a visionary Wisconsin-based insurance company that has produced some of the most imaginative annual reports in the industry. For their 2010 offering they decided to take it in a new direction — into the third dimension! In cooperation with DuFour Advertising LLC of Sheboygan, WI, Acuity assembled the team of Creative Director Drew Foerster and Illustrator Aaron Boyd of Milwaukee, and Paper Engineer Andrew Baron of Santa Fe to produce one of the most beautiful and compelling pop-up books designed to date.
Acuity's Storybook Year, beyond its intended purpose, is the story of a monumental, 18-month coordinated effort encompassing more than 2,400 emails, countless creative meetings and three trips to the printer in the Far East.
Come to the National Museum of American History on April 18 at noon to see a slide show and talk by International Award-Winning* Paper Engineer Andrew Baron, featuring rare behind-the-scenes looks at the creative process, and memorable photos of the hand-assembly at the printer in Guangzhou, China.
Andrew Baron was the kind of kid who loved to take his toys apart to see how they worked. By age twelve, he had become intrigued with wind-up phonographs and soon his interests expanded to encompass 19th century clocks, vintage radios, antique phonographs, classic cars and other fascinations. In 1985, after twelve years of vintage machine restoration as a hobby, he opened Andy’s Restoration Service, which further cultivated the skills that now inform and enhance his paper engineering. Andrew brings excitement, attention to detail and mechanical expertise to the world of pop-up books and cards. His experience includes everything from creating original paper designs and functional engineering, to editorial, pre-press production, production consulting, cost-reducing refinements and manufacturing support.
Six copies of Acuity’s Storybook Year: Annual Report 2010, were donated by the Acuity Insurance Company and will be given away after the lecture. After the slide show and talk, there will be ten minutes for questions and answers, followed by a drawing for a signed copy of the book.
Some of the awards received by Mr. Baron’s books:
Smithsonian Magazine — Notable Book for Children
American Library Association (ALA) — Notable Children's Book
Parenting Magazine — Best Book
Newsweek — Top Pick for Kids (#1 of 10)
Print Magazine — Certificate of Design Excellence
Swedish Design Award — Gold Medal, Print Media; Gold Medal, Jury Prize
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The Pop-Up Art of David Carter
Saturday April 16, 2011
National Museum of American History
“Mastering the art of Paper Engineering has turned [David] Carter into the Steven Spielberg of ascending insects.” — People Magazine in praise of the Bugs in a Box® series
Fans and critics worldwide agree that David A. Carter is paper engineering extraordinaire. In his latest creation, One Red Dot, Carter has adopted a design scheme reminiscent of Alexander Calder's mobiles —innovative in its approach and infused with motion, abstract patterns, and fluidity. With contemporary pop-up spreads and a feisty red dot to find on each page, this modern work of art is both a count-to-ten activity book and an artistic adventure rolled into one!
David is the mastermind behind the powerful "bug phenomenon" that began in 1988 with the publication of How Many Bugs in a Box? Since then he has created a series of Bugs books with a combined sales of more than six million copies. His Easter Bugs and Halloween Bugs both were #1 New York Times bestsellers. Other critically acclaimed titles in his color series include Blue 2, 600 Black Spots, Yellow Square, and White Noise. He also has collaborated on Let’s Make It Pop-Up!, Curious Critters, The Elements of Pop Up, and The Nutcracker. Carter lives in Auburn, California, with his wife and two daughters.
The Libraries has been able to add a wonderful new feature to its exhibition gallery in the National Museum of American History. To try out the new tours for our current exhibition, Paper Engineering: Fold, Pull, Pop & Turn, dial the following phone numbers on your personal cell phone while strolling through the exhibition:
Dial 202-633-8000 #103 to hear an introduction to the exhibition
Dial 202-633-8000 #104 to hear commentary on Neue lebende Bilder: ein Ziehbilderbuch or New Living Pictures: A Pull-Picture Book
Dial 202-633-8000 #105 to hear commentary on The Falsehood of External Appearances, 1790
Dial 202-633-8000 #106 to hear commentary on Astronomicum Caesareum
Neue lebende Bilder: ein Ziehbilderbuch [New living pictures: A pull-picture-book]. Illustrations
and paper engineering by Lothar Meggendorfer. Verlag von Braun & Schneider, c.1880.
Come visit the museum and check out this great new feature!