What makes pop-ups pop?
The secret lies in a variety of methods of cutting and folding, and in mechanisms hidden behind and underneath the page. The construction methods are endless, but they can be divided into four categories: movable parts that lie flat, images that pop up, books that fold, and fantastic forms that use multiple mechanisms.
The Cooper-Hewitt Library’s pop-up Christmas on stage is a good example of Floating layers or platforms: This mechanism is best understood when seen from the side. Hinged multi-tier paper supports lift an illustration off the page, creating the illusion that it is floating over the surface.
Charlot Byj (pronounced “bye”) ( 1983), author of Christmas on stage, was an artist known for her greeting card designs, posters and advertising artwork in the mid-1940s. She is most famous for the transformation of her artwork into a line of figurines created by the Goebel Porzellanfabrik company.
For more information about pop-ups, see our online exhibit, Fold, Pull, Pop, and Turn .