Pop-up Design and Paper Mechanics by Duncan Birmingham



Pop-up Design and Paper Mechanics by Duncan Birmingham



Publisher’s Synopsis

This comprehensive guide is an easy-to-follow introduction to the fun and intriguing craft of pop-up design. Duncan Birmingham's totally new and accessible approach to pop-up theory and practice distils the numerous mechanisms into a logical set of underlying shapes. Simple ways to build these shapes are explained with methodical step-by-step pictures and text.

This new approach to pop-up is not dependant on mathematical calculation, measuring and technical drawing. Highly complex folding sculptures can be made using only card; scissors and glue. The pop-up mechanisms explained here can be combined to form a three-dimensional reference book, invaluable for both professional and amateur designers interested in this craft.

The book is aimed at a wide range of abilities. It will appeal to craft and hobby enthusiasts who make their own greetings cards, as well as being a useful aid to teachers of Art, Design and Technology, designers, illustrators and sculptors.

Duncan Birmingham has taught pop-up design and paper mechanics at universities and colleges in the UK for 20 years. His evolved approach, which opens the field to a much wider audience, is presented here in this colourful new book.
  • Accessible to all skill levels
  • Shows how to build spectacular pop-ups with 14 minimal basic tools
  • Explains the mechanisms underlying most pop-up designs
  • Contains 14 templates for building complex pop-ups
Introduction to the book by the author
This book introduces an entirely fresh approach to the intriguing field of pop-up, It provides a simple method for building complicated pop-up structures and it distils the apparently daunting menagerie of pop-up mechanisms into a logical set of basic shapes.

Paper mechanics is approached as a sculptural skill that needs only card, scissors, glue and a minimal theoretical understanding. With this method you can make spectacular, complex, experimental pop-ups without the need for laborious measuring, scoring and technical drawing.

All the key mechanisms found in commercial pop-up books and cards are explained; these are the Foundation Shapes, the structures at the core of pop-up spreads. Each mechanism is examined individually with explanations of how to make it and its derivative variations. The underlying geometric theory necessary for transforming pop-up sketches into sophisticated, high-quality designs is also explained.

The second half of the book is devoted to ways of working with the Foundation Shapes: how to build on the foundations and how to modify and extend them. There is also a chapter on mechanisms activated by pulling a tab, which slide, turn and flip. These can be used on their own but more often are incorporated into a three-dimensional spread to give it some extra action.

At the end of the book there is a series of Projects. These are templates for pop-up models demonstrating how the Foundation Shapes can be used, combined and developed.

Although this book aims to simplify and demystify the field of pop-up, it is still a complex art. It is best to start at the beginning of the book and work through it, so that practical skills develop along with theoretical understanding. A complete set of the Foundation Shapes and Projects can be assembled - by gluing their bases back to back - to produce a three-dimensional pop-up dictionary.

1st edition 2010, Paperback, 176pp, full colour throughout, 21 x 27.5 cm

Pop-up Design and Paper Mechanics by Duncan Birmingham £14.99 EUR 18.48