December 21, 2010
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December 9, 2010
It’s winter and I feel like hibernating. This desire for dreamland reminds me of the great pop-up, Sleeping Beauty by Vojtech Kubasta. This English language copy was printed in 1961 by Artia in Prague for Bancroft & Co. in London. It is a charming retelling of the classic fairytale and Kubasta has brought his trademark design to the work. Largely cut from single sheets of paper, he embellished these inventive pop-ups with pull tabs (including the cover!). Kubasta’s color palette and characters are lively and unique and the story invites countless rereadings…that is after I take a nap.
December 8, 2010
On December 9th, 1965, "A Charlie Brown Christmas" premiered on CBS and was the first prime-time animated TV special based upon the comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. This holiday classic is now in it's 45th year on television.
December 7, 2010
December 6, 2010
A song about making decisions... which road to take? The path that is expected of us or another, one less traveled and unknown. Marina's brilliant lyrics and powerful vocals are propelled into orbit courtesy of this throbbing electro remix by the Black Teeth. Brilliant.
Recently I was able to see paper engineer Bruce Foster and his newest project, Harry Potter: A Pop-Up Book, which was published this month by Insight Editions. Working closely with original concept artist, Andrew Williamson, Bruce was able to animate many memorable moments and locations from the past movies. Dimensional scenes from Diagon Alley, and Hogwarts Castle are among my favorites. Other pop-up pages include Magical Creatures, Magical Games and the Dark Arts. This is a great book for fans of JK Rowling and her young wizard and it’s gotten me primed to go see the new film.
Whether you've noticed or not, I've decided to begin uploading new content to the blog on a daily basis, with new features like vintage pop-up book reviews, new movable book reviews, do-it-yourself pops, daily vocabulary, songs, cool artists and other weekly updates about the projects in the studio. Fun stuff! We want to keep our readers interested and hopefully you'll like what we've got coming up. Everybody in the studio has been contributing and if you have any cool ideas, by all means, let us know!
December 2, 2010
This beloved pop-up book was published by Hallmark in 1972. Written by Dean Walley with illustrations by Mike Strouth and paper engineering by Dick Dudley, The Adventures of Super Pickle bring us into a world populated by vegetables where we meet a mild-mannered pickle named Dillbert. When trouble looms, he transforms into Super Pickle and rushes off to save the day. Will he defeat the evil cabbage? Will he find true love with Lilly? You will have to find a copy of this rare book and read the rest to find out.
December 1, 2010
P.S. When downloading the pdf to print out, Right Click (control-click on a Mac) on the image(s) and choose "Save Link As" and make sure it's a pdf file. Or you can choose "Open Link in New Window" and print from there!
Happy pop up making!
I can't wait to use some in my spy notes!
November 30, 2010
I first came across Amanda Visell's work through the Kidrobot Dunny series. She created an elephant with two people riding atop his head, and it is one of my favorite dunnies! She also creates sculptures and paintings which have been in gallery shows since 2005. I really enjoy the playfulness in her subject matter and the early 1960s style of her illustrations. You can check out more of her work here: http://www.amandavisell.com/news
November 1, 2010
Been kind of tight lipped about upcoming projects - so here's a little sneaky peeky at a future release, a fairy tale starring a certain drowsy young princess. It's her castle home and I think it's pretty cool - because it's a new mechanism we've never used before!
More to come...
After she had whetted our appetite with the samples from the show, we were eager to visit the gallery for a reception later that afternoon. (And I later learned that many of our more curious collectors had toured the exhibition as soon as they arrived in Portland to get a sneak peek of the works.) But we still had a full day of programming to get through and as folks shuffled restlessly in their seats, Laura announced the half dozen prize winners of the juried art show. Pop-up Now! was judged by a three person panel comprised of book artist Jill Timm and MBS boardmembers Ellen “thepopuplady” Rubin and Larry Seidman. Fortunately for the conference, two of the winners were in attendance and were able to share their work in person. Mary Jeanne Linford won Best of Show, Editioned Book for her wonderful book titled Tool Box.
And Elsi Vassdal Ellis received the Gallery Choice Award for her detailed work entitled There Goes the Neighborhood. () A complete list of the winners as well as an online version of the catalog can be found here.
Of course seeing pop-ups online is a poor substitute for the real thing so if you are in the Portland area be sure to stop by 23 Sandy Gallery and check out the show yourself.
Kyle and Gio are ready to bind Batman's body together...
Inside the window, Kyle and Gio hang up Batman... he looks a little lonely in there doesn't he?
Bit by bit Gotham is coming together...
Kyle and I are very excited to be stomping around Batman's city (even if it is all paper)!
Tah-dah! The finished product! As you can see, we had a blast making buildings and Batman.
October 21, 2010
October 7, 2010
So I went exploring again through my home town of New York and took some snapshots of the things I encountered, like...
...some fabulous graffiti...
...cool old signs...
...a pink garbage truck...
...random positive messages on signs...
...dragons on fire trucks...
...a cool chair...
...weird carpet samples...
...more fabulous graffiti...
...a dinosaur on the wall...
...an iron filigree...
...fiery motorcycle seat...
...three circles of string in a chain-link fence...
...and a couple of shady looking mummies.
Remember to keep a watchful eye on the world around you. Until next time!