New Look to Website

Finally got around to giving my worn out website a new look. Bear with me while I work out any bugs and if you experience any, please let me know. My hopes are that this cleaner site will be easier to read and will be a better fit for your mobile devices.

For now, that’s the news. But stay tuned… Exciting news coming soon!

New Game of Thrones by Matthew Reinhardt Amazes

My friend and colleague, Matthew Reinhardt, has added a new chapter to the pantheon of paper engineering with his new pop-up book with Insight Editions, Game of Thrones. The pops are his usual now-expected over-the-top jaw dropping splendor, but what he has added here literally opens a new way of viewing a pop-up book. Unfolding it in a certain way actually recreates the map seen in the opening credits of HBO’s Game of Thrones….with the pop-ups rising up across the map’s landscape. It is a marvel and an inspiration. But Matthew, along with Manhattan book seller Peter Glassman, in an interview with Studio360′s Sruthi Pinnamaneni, also is sounding the alarm about the dire straits excellent pop-up books now find themselves. Lovers of pop-up books, you have been called to arms!  Watch the trailer for the book, see the image below of the book unfolded into a map of Westeros, listen to the interview itself streamed below, and then ask yourself: Do we really want a near future where books like these will not exist? Support the art form. Buy these books and keep the art form alive….

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Playing With Pop-ups by Helen Hiebert

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My friend and paper artist, Helen Hiebert has just announced the release of her newest how-to book, Playing With Pop-Ups, as well as her new boxed set of pop-up letterforms, Alpha Blocks. Now available for pre-order.  Playing With Pop-Ups also features the work of a number of contemporary paper engineers as well as projects you yourself can make, including my dragon vs knight pop-up similar to the project I taught children at workshops in Seoul, South Korea last summer. Delivering sometime in May.

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About Playing with Pop-Ups: Enter the enchanting world of pop-ups! Throughout the chapters in this book, I will guide you through choosing the materials and tools you need to make pop-ups. Learn the basics – parallel folds, angle folds, and layered pop-ups – while creating six basic pop-up structures within the first few pages of the book! Enjoy creating 15 projects to play with designed by renowned paper engineers from around the world: a pair of pop up paper earrings, clever cards featuring pop-up dragons and flowers, a doll house and other interactive pieces that everyone will enjoy. A gallery section at the back of the book features contemporary pop-up artists, whose beautiful work will inspire you to make your own amazing paper art.

TV Commercial for New Hasbro Pop-Up Game Boards

UPDATE:  Hasbro has been airing a TV commercial for the new line of games in a marketing tie-in with StrideRite. And you can also see this preview from the Hasbro booth at the 2014 Toy Fair in New York.

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Continuing my exploration of pop-ups incorporated into game board design, Hasbro invited me to contribute to a line of Disney Princess games loosely based on Candyland. The central piece is the Disney Princess Castle itself. Then add-on games can be added to either side, allowing the game play to move across all three boards, although each side game can be played individually. The first two add-on games feature Rapunzel’s tower from Tangled and Cinderella’s carriage from well, you know…. Coming soon will be two new game boards: The Stonehenge-like setting from Brave, featuring MumBear and Merida, as well as a board featuring the IceCastle of the recent smash, Frozen.

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Appearance January 18 at Dennos Museum, Traverse City, MI

UPDATE:  My visit to Dennos Museum was a wonderful winterland experience. I want to thank museum director, Gene Jenneman, Jason Dake, graphic designer Erin Deloney, and the entire staff at the museum for their enthusiastic welcome and assistance. Most of all I would like to thank Linda Ross of Linda Ross Contemporary/Art + Projects for curating the show and extending such a friendly and welcome invitation to join her at the opening. The museum will be posting a recording of my presentation soon, so check back for a link to that. Hello also to Matt Shlian, ingenious paper sculptor and mathematical wizard, who I finally was pleased to meet when he and his family attended the opening. Those of you who don’t know Matt’s incredible work, should check him out. Mind-boggling. The exhibition of pop-up art runs through April 6, 2014.

If you are in the area January 18, please join me as I present workshops and a presentation on the art and process of pop-ups at the Dennos Museum, Traverse City, MI in conjunction with their exhibition on pop-ups, Making Paper Dance. For more information, visit the Dennos Museum website.  I will be conducting a workshop for children that morning. Register soon as there are limited spots available. Click HERE. Additionally, I will be conducting a workshop for families and adults that afternoon. Again, register soon for the limited spots. And then, join me for the presentation that evening at 8pm, preceded by a reception at 7pm, as well as a presentation at 6pm by quilt artist, Gwen Marston.

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New Pop-Up Book for Fall 2013: Woodland Christmas

woodland coverJust released a week ago, my newest collaboration with Jumping Jack Press, Woodland Christmas, is the perfect book for little hands. With text by Yevgeniya Yeretskaya, illustrations by Neiko Ng, design by Monika Brandrup, and paper engineering by me, my wife’s first exclamation says it all: “It’s ADORABLE!”. With beautiful illustrations and active engineering that doesn’t require little fingers to get involved (okay, maybe ONCE!), this is a perfect holiday gift for the little ones in your family. “This charming tale features fully popped up spreads of classic holiday activities—in the forest! Follow woodland animals preparing for winter—and for Christmas—as they decorate their homes, bake cookies, and exchange presents.”   Available on Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.

See the video here.

Oprah chooses America’s National Parks as Book of the Week!

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Well, we can’t be any more excited to have learned that Oprah.com has named America’s National Parks its Oprah Book Club 2.0 Book of the Week for the week of July 4, 2013! We are incredibly honored to have received this distinction. In the posted comments, reviewer Leigh Newman calls it an “unforgettable, drop-your-jaw twist on reality”.  How fun is that?!

Thank you, Leigh, and thank you, Oprah!

America’s National Parks YouTube Video

We have just released a video for America’s National Parks Pop-Up Book. Video directed by Bruce Foster; Videography and Song by the very talented, Nathan Hale, Ink in Motion. And help preserve America’s National Parks by purchasing a copy of this book at www.nationalparkspopup.com where a portion of the proceeds will go to the National Parks Conservation Association. Nathan has also written a blog about filming this video, and has some interesting information to share. So please visit Ink in Motion to read more about the video and to see how Ink in Motion can help you with your video too!

GOLD Medal for America’s National Parks

America’s National Parks, A Pop-Up Book, has been awarded a Gold medal in the 17th Annual IPPY (Independent Publisher Book Award) in the category of Children’s Picture Book—All Ages!  Awarding 382 medals (72 Golds) out of 5200 entries, the IPPY recognizes excellence in independent publishing. “Conducted each year to honor the year’s best independently published books, the “IPPY” Awards recognize excellence in a broad range of subjects and reward authors and publishers who “take chances and break new ground.” Independent publishers, along with independent booksellers, have long held an important role in the world of books, offering an alternative to “the big five” conglomerated media publishers. Thanks to small presses, university presses, and self-publishing services that give experimental and entrepreneurial authors a platform, the IPPY universe is rapidly expanding — and that gives adventurous readers a plethora of new choices.”—www.independentpublisher.com

The award will be presented on Wednesday, May 29th in New York prior to the opening of the 2013 BookExpo. You can see a list of all winners by visiting HERE.