December 21, 2011

Matthew Featured in PBS's Off Book

Matthew is featured in the latest episode of "Off Book," a wonderful new PBS web series about non-traditional art forms. We enjoyed having the film crew visit the studio!

December 15, 2011

Artist Watch: Shawn Sheehy

We always enjoy seeing what Chicago-based artist Shawn Sheehy is up to. He creates every part of these elegant artist books: the paper, illustrations, text, pop-ups and binding.

Shawn also offers excellent pop-up workshops all over the country. Check here to see if he'll be in your neck of the woods.

What's Popped Up: Sneak Peak at 2012

We're busy cooking up lots of new pop-up surprises here at the studio. Here's a sneak peak of what's coming in 2012.

Next summer look for these two new titles perfect for young pop-up fans:

Rumble! Roar! Dinosaurs!: A Prehistoric Pop-Up
by Matthew Reinhart
Robin Corey Books

A Princess Like Me: A Royal Pop-Up
by Matthew Reinhart
Robin Corey Books

And -- hold onto your helmet! -- look for our new Star Wars pop-up featuring all your favorite heroes and villains from the prequels. Here's a little teaser:

We hope you'll enjoy these books as much as we've enjoyed making them!

DIY: Pop-Up Wreath

Happy holidays from The Pop-Up Studio!

We have a pop-up you can share with someone special -- made by you! Just click here to get started on a pop-up wreath.

Need some inspiration? Try decorating with paper, glue, and crayons.

Shiny paper or glitter glue adds an extra holiday touch.


Artist Watch: Kit Lau's Hong Kong Pop-Up

The other day we came across this fantastic pop-up book about Hong Kong by artist Kit Lau. His artwork is exciting and fun, and his pop ups capture the changing architecture of the city. He was inspired by his family's own history in the city.

Lau created this incredible pop-up version of the Great Wall of China for another book. Amazing!

You can read about this talented artist in an article published last year in Time Out Hong Kong.

We look forward to seeing more work from Kit Lau!

December 8, 2011

Barneys and Lady Gaga Pop-Up Invite

Recently Barneys New York and Lady Gaga collaborated and created Gaga's version of a holiday workshop within the Barney's store in NYC.  VIPs were invited to the opening of the holiday workshop with none other than pop-up invitations!  The pop-up invitations were created by Creative Director of Design Packaging, Evelio Mattos.  It's very exciting to see that people are pushing the envelope with pop-ups and using it outside of the usual book format.  To read more about the project and to see development sketches, click here.


December 7, 2011

Pratt's Newest Engineers!

I would love to show off the final projects from the paper engineering course I'm currently teaching at Pratt Institute!  My students learned so much in their short time in the class and I'm really happy to say the I'm very proud of all of them!

 Here we have a great take on postmodern collage artwork re-created as 3-D pop ups!

Grrrrowl!  A very hungry pop tarts monster comes out to take what is rightfully his out of the toaster.

These are a collection of masks for the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

This is an album for Florence + The Machine.  The CD pops right up when you open the 2nd spread!

A very recognizable pop-up, this is for Apple and it's products.  Check out the iPod on the left-- you can turn the wheel and choose what music to listen too!

 A golden ticket and a lot of Wonka madness in this pop-up for Willy Wonka's factory.

Another pop-up with collage art work, this one we went deep sea diving!

 A great educational pop-up on saving water and waste reduction!

Here we see the NYC skyline where you can set the sun and turn the lights off of the Empire State Building!

Congrats to all of my students!  You all did a fantastic job!

* We've been so busy in the studio these last few months that posting has fallen by the wayside.  Thank you all for being patient with us!

October 5, 2011

What's Popped Up: Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Award

We're thrilled to announce that Matthew Reinhart's Encyclopedia Mythologica: Gods and Heroes Pop-up has been given a Gold Seal Best Book Award by the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio. The testers at Oppenheim are parents, kids and educators, and we're honored by their praise: "It's just this type of book that can get a reluctant reader engaged!"

Thank you to the folks at Oppenheim!

You can pick up a copy of Matthew's book at your local bookstore or at Enjoy!

September 26, 2011

What’s Popped Up: Sam Ita's The Odyssey

Check out this amazing new pop-up book by our good friend and fellow paper engineer, Sam Ita. It’s the classic tale The Odyssey, presented in Sam’s unique, graphic-novel-meets-pop-up style. We especially enjoyed seeing Circe transform one of Odysseus’s men into a pig right in front of our eyes.

Look for it at your local bookstore and check out more of Sam's work at

August 24, 2011

Word of the Day: Perfidy

Perfidy \PUR-fuh-dee\ noun

1.  The act of violating faith or allegiance; violation of a promise or vow; faithlessness; treachery.

Origin: Perfidy comes from from Latin perfidia, from perfidus, faithless, treacherous, false, from per-, through (perhaps connoting deviation or infringement, or perhaps explicable by qui per fidem decipit, "who through faith or trust deceives") + fides, faith.

August 23, 2011

Artist Watch: Alli Coate

Within the studio, we are always looking towards other art for inspiration.  I found Alli Coate through one of these searches.  Coates is a Rhode Island based illustrator, and her art work is a combination of illustration and applique/sewing techniques.  I really love the playfulness of her style-- it's so tactile and she uses the fabric patterns to set the mood for the pieces.  Check out more of her work at her website.


Word of the Day: Animalcule

Animalcule \an-uh-MAL-kyool\ noun

1. A minute or microscopic animal, nearly or quite invisible to the naked eye.

Animalcule stems from the Latin animiculum, "little animal."

August 22, 2011

Whats Popped Up: Rescue and Pets are released

Tomorrow is a big day here at the studio. Matthew Reinhart’s newest pop-up books will be released to bookstores across the world!

Puppies, Kittens and Other Pop-up Pets pairs fun rhymes with big bold pop-ups and pull tabs. Young readers will get to learn about six different pets that you would find at home.

Rescue: Pop-up Emergency Vehicles shows you five different rescue vehicles and the heroes that operate them to help save the day.

This new pop-up series features Reinhart’s colorful cut-paper collage across five spreads. The 8-inch square softcover books are made from thicker glossy paper and were designed specifically for curious little hands. For many years, we have wanted to create simpler books for a younger reader and we are excited that the day has finally come when we can offer that you for under $7. So get to your favorite booksellers to order your copies today!