I am about to abdicate responsibility again…
A little while ago I promised someone that I would demonstrate how to make a pop-up book “soon”.
“Soon” is taking me longer than I anticipated.
The week after next, however, I am planning to make some books.
The trouble is that there is more than one way to animate a book.
The ones that I made and photographed a while ago are not the simplest sort and, as an introduction to pop-ups, they may be a little off-putting.
So I am going to be unfair and leave the choice up to you.
Shall I –
a) Do something simple – so that you can take the ideas away and use them to make something of your own (I will see what I can find by way of pictures)
b) Demonstrate one of my Theater Bilderbuch, with a pdf download for one of the following four scenes –
- Little Red Riding Hood meeting the Wolf in the wood
- Hansel and Gretel being chased by a (wonderfully irate) bear
- The Adoration of the Magi – nativity scene
- Christmas Eve – family scene
I am not going to say what I am going to vote for, only that I promise to be back to collect the results next Friday.
If, like me, you are interested in theatres (and in books) and you would like to see an antique, full-size version of the Theater Builderbuch, there is one in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum. It can be viewed on-line here
While I was checking that the above link was working, I came across an article regarding the conservation of another late Victorian book that gives a tantalising view of a different sort of pop-up mechanism.
The full (highly detailed)
A 5mm LD45 Plastazote polyethylene foam was chosen as soft, strong and inert. Three pieces were cut, bevelled and melted with a hot spatula on each edge to make them smoother, wrapped in Japanese paper and adhered with wheat starch paste between the upper board and back drop…
article is here.
(I loved reading the article, then I started to wonder – which Japanese paper did they use?)