Category Archives: Pop-Up Showcase

Pop-Up Showcase: Pocket Paper Engineer

Here at the studio we’re always looking for new pop up books, and I have to say we’re very excited for Carol Barton’s newest book, The Pocket Paper Engineer, Volume 3: V-Folds! Ms. Barton has created many pop up books and instructional pop up books that I recommend to people who want to learn more about making pop ups.

This third volume deals with V-Folds and how to create and integrate them into your pop ups.  This book is filled with tutorials and has ten do-it-yourself projects that are inside the book!  You can check out more about this book and order it on Ms. Barton’s website.

Pop-Up Showcase: Kit Lau

Kit Lau: illustrator, designer, paper engineer, and friend of the studio!  Mr. Lau was extremely nice to send us copies of his books ‘Pop-Up China’ and ‘Hong Kong Pop-Up’.

His pop-ups are very atmospheric and you really get a sense of space.  Especially in ‘Hong Kong Pop-Up’, you go on a journey of different types of dwellings.  I loved the big walled city pop up with the crowded tall buildings and being able to look down into the center.  Mr. Lau also created an amazingly huge pop-up of the Great Wall of China!  It’s over 4 feet long when it’s open! Check out more of Kit Lau’s work on his website!

Matthew on HSN!

Matthew will be on Home Shopping Network tomorrow, Wednesday, November 14th!  Join Matthew tomorrow morning at 8:00am to see and purchase his newest book, ‘Star Wars: A Galactic Pop-Up Adventure‘, as well as ‘DC Comics Super Heroes: The Ultimate Pop-Up’ and ‘Encyclopedia Mythologica: Fairies & Magical Creatures’… all at a special holiday price!

Pop-Up Showcase: The Castaway Pirates

I’m always on the lookout for a clever, fun pop-up book. The Castaway Pirates (Chronicle Books, 2008), written and engineered by Ray Marshall and illustrated by Wilson Swain, is among my favorites.

The book’s jaunty rhyme is very funny and ends with a lucky twist, and the pop-ups and art  have unique styles. On his website, Ray Marshall posted a great explanation of how his book was made, from the original idea to the final production. If you’re curious about the process of making a pop-up book, I recommend it!

Pop-Up Showcase: Flanimals

We like to celebrate and showcase all kinds of movable books by authors and paper engineers from all around the world!  This hilarious book by comedian Ricky Gervais features fantastic pop-ups by veteran paper engineer Richard Ferguson with illustrations by Rob Steen. Flanimals is published by Candlewick in 2009.

Gervais introduces us to Mernimbler, Grob, Bletchling and many other “pointless ugly creatures” from the Flanimal kingdom. Ferguson matches Gervais’ humor with clever “poppy-upness.”