This slow project is all about familiarising myself with book-making techniques and paper engineering
(the posh name for pop-up books!) and discovering how I can integrate them into my own mixed-media process to create artist’s books.
I never had much in the way of pop-up books as a kid so getting to make my own pop-ups now is definitely a case of childhood reclaimed! I love the excitement of opening a flap and seeing something hidden pop our or of pulling a tab and seeing something move.
I use my artist’s books as an opportunity to give you, the viewer, an interactive experience with my artwork that takes you back to the excitement and play of childhood.
Two pop-up techniques and accordion spine
I learned two new paper engineering techniques on this page:
I also learned a new technique for making an accordion book spine to hold various weights of paper.
Normally this spine is constructed so that the pages are contained within the folds of the accordion. I want to find a way to make it work with my pages glued to the outside of the accordion pleats.
I love to learn new things so I’m excited by all the different book-binding techniques there are to learn, to say nothing of more pop-ups, origami folds and and book-construction methods!
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