I adore pop-up books. It’s the ingenuity of the designers which intrigues me the most – the ability to produce the 3D model from 2 dimensions.
I’m lucky enough to have a very small collection of modern pop-ups, mostly by master ‘paper engineer’ illustrators, Sabuda and Reinhart. They are known for their triumphs with dinosaurs and castles, and they have also illustrated storybooks, including The Wizard of Oz, complete with hot air balloon. It seems they can bring any subject to life, springing from the page. I treasure these books, and hope that they will survive down the generations, until their glue and wonderful folds give up…
If you’re interested in finding out more, there’s an interesting interview here in which Sabuda and Reinhart discuss their process, and a clip of them talking about their work:
Now, anyone feel up to having a go?