Pop-Up Books March 1, 2010Posted by leskanturek in 3-D work, Books, Movable Illustration, Pop-Up.
Tags: Movable Illustration, Paper Engineering, Parson's Illustration Display, Pop-Up books
A toy, miniature theatre, automata, animation…all this resting between the covers of a book on your shelf. Pop-up books were, for most of us, our first experience treating a book as a precious object, something to stare at in amazement and share with others as illustrations break the rules of 2-D print by coming alive. Open the spread of a book and it’s the reader that makes the doors on the bus open and shut, or causes Alice’s house of cards to fall around her. Illustration in movable 3-D, viewers can look at the same scene from multiple viewpoints and interact with it.
(above) A spread from The Wonderful Wizard of OZ: A commemorative pop-up by L. Frank Baum and art by Robert Sabuda. Tucked in a pocket on the page are green sunglasses to view the emerald city (and everything else) with.
Books with moving parts have been around since at least since the 13th century when volvelles or rotating paper circles were used in books to illustrate philosophical ideas. Later they were used to demonstrate astronomy, mathematics and other scientific theory. It would take another 200 years for moveable books to be marketed to children.
Lothar Meggendorfer, (http://www2.lib.virginia.edu/exhibits/popup/meggen.html) a 19th century German artist, created superb moveable illustrated books. Illustrations in Meggendorfer’s books performed as many as 5 or more actions simultaneously in different directions.
Blue Ribbon Publishing in New York in the ’30s was the first publisher to use the term “pop-up” to describe their movable illustrations. Books like “Puss in Boots” from 1934, engineered by Harold Lentz, vied for the attention of an audience that was getting used to the relatively new medium of animated cartoons.
Today, hundreds of pop-up books are produced around the world each year. Each book has to be painstakingly assembled by hand.
Contemporary paper engineers like, Robert Sabuda, (http://www.robertsabuda.com/) and Mathew Reinhart are designing more and more complicated pop-ups involving sound, and light. Pop-up books have since crossed back from being exclusively for children and now marketed in some cases exclusively to adults and museums.
In this post–modern technological age the artistry, craft and surprise of illustrations printed on paper that pop-up to life still fascinate.
Pop up display key
- Cow and Her Friends: A Golden pop-up book
- Mommy? Story by Arthur Yorink, illustrations by Maurice Sendak, paper engineer Matthew Reinhart
- The 12 days of Christmas : A Pop-up Celebration by Robert Sabuda
- ABC3D – An alphabet book by Marion Bataille. Each of the 26 three-dimensional letters move and change.
- The Wonderful Wizard of OZ: A commemorative pop-up by L. Frank Baum and art by Robert Sabuda
- XXX pop-up book
- Little Monsters by Jan Pienkowski Publisher: Candlewick; Pop Rei edition (July 8, 2008)
- The Pop-up book of Phobia’s created and written by Gary Greenberg, Illustrated by Balvis Rubess, Pop-ups by Mathew Reinhart
- Hallo our Motorcar: Schreibers Plastical Picture-books
- TK pop-up book
- Leonardo Da Vinci: The Artist Inventor, Scientist in three-dimensional, movable pictures by A.& M. Provensen
- Uz Jsme Doma pop-up book and dvd,-Uz Jsme Doma (oosh-smeh-doe-ma, Czech for “we’re home!”) is a band from the Czech republic.The pop-up book is a collaboration between UJD lead Miroslav Wanek and the painter Martin Velisek
- Alices’ Adventure’s in Wonderland : A pop-up adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Original Tale by Robert Sabuda
- Silly Heads by Ruth Wickings & Cathie Shuttleworth Publ. DK
- Winter’s Tale: An original pop-up Journey by Robert Sabuda
- The Pop-up Buck Rogers- 1930’s
- Little Red Riding Hood illustrated by Patricia Turner: A peepshow book
- Say Cheese – David Pelham
- Carter, David A. 600 Black Spots: A Pop-up Book for Children of All Ages New York : Little Simon, 2007
- Fungus the Bogeyman Plop-up book by Raymond Brigs
Thanks to faculty member Peter Hamlin for creating the video demonstrating the books in the showcase. Here are links to the video posted on youtube
the Movable Book Society
Teen Lui/Paper Engineer
Pop-Ups and Movable Books: a Tour through their History