Pop-up Structures 101
Have you ever wanted to design a pop-up book, but don’t know where to start? Are you able to build a pop-up structure from a template, but then find yourself at a loss with regards to how to alter it? This condensed class will cover the foundational logic of how pop-up structures work, empowering students with the knowledge (and control) necessary to freely develop their own new pop-up structures… and move beyond the basics.
Interactive physical structures offer infinitely vast possibility for sensory drama, narrative, and explanation. We will take inspiration from contemporary artists, book arts, pop-ups, industrial design, Victorian papercraft, and conceptual art —exploring the wide variety of ways that a humble piece of paper can produce function.
Students will produce a set of their own reference books of the basics: how do v-folds work? What about layers? What about risers? These explanations, written in their own words and are built with their own hands, will help ensure a deep the deep understanding of the content necessary to build new structures.
How to find an use templates to create new structures
How to deconstruct pop-up structures
A ton of inspiration for narrative and non-narrative pop-up books
An introduction to prototyping methods, and production techniques
How to work with a printer
This class is right for students with experience with craft and great manual skills. Students will walk away with strengthened conceptual skills and a different approach to pop-ups. The knowledge of this class might be applied to art-making, artist bookmaking, packaging design, pop-up book design, or architectural design.
Classic crest 80lb cover stock paper
Xacto knife and lots of blades
A steel ruler
Scotch quick dry glue
If joining remotely: A computer or device with stable internet connection
Talas Library Supplies (bookmaking supplies, paper, etc)
French paper (family-owned and hydroelectric!)