Level One - Paper Engineering: Designing Pop-ups - 27th April 2019
Paper Engineering: Designing Pop-ups for Bookbinders & Graphic Designers
Level One: Symmetrical pop ups with right angles from one sheet of paper One or two day
TUTOR: Jean Kropper
DATE: Saturday 27th April 2019
TIME: 9.30 a.m. – 4.00pm.
COST: Members $130, Non-members $165
This course is for beginners. If you have bookbinding experience or hand skills in cutting and folding paper, you will develop an understanding faster and have more time to customise structures in class.
Good eye/hand coordination and good dexterity are necessary for this course as sharp knives are used in the cutting of board and paper.
You will be shown correct procedure in the use of these tools but good co-ordination will assure accurate cutting and prevention of injury.
Closed in shoes MUST be worn at all times.
This course teaches the fundamental skills of paper engineering, that is, the creation of pop up structures to tell stories using paper. The course covers the thought process of designing the structure for a project, an introduction to combining structure and image, and the technical skills to cut and fold paper by hand. The focus of Level One will be on two structures symmetrical pop ups with right angles and wings made from one sheet of paper. We will not use templates, instead students will recreate sample structures and customise them as they go. The focus is not on the end product but on learning the hand skills and the process so you can design your own pop ups.
Did you ever sit with a pop up book in your lap opening and closing the pages just to see it move? Pop ups are engaging in a unique way, telling a paper-based story that is moveable in three dimensions. Pop ups turn a flat sheet of paper into an interactive sculpture. They are ideal for artist's books, children's stories, cards, and commercial print promotions. Pop ups add fun and significant wow factor to a project.
Hand skills are the essential foundation for paper engineering and book binding, crisp folds and accurate measurement give your work elegance and professionalism.
On the technical skills:
We will cover using set squares and metal rulers, scoring with a bone folder, cutting accurately with X-acto knives and choosing papers for pop ups. Next, we will dive in to make a sampler of pop up shapes for you to use as reference. We will work through the decision-making process of choosing a structure to match an image. Throughout the day you will cut and fold sample structures then alter them to create your own designs. You will leave with a pop up sampler of skyscrapers or mountains, a room with furniture and pop up frames for images or quotations.
You will surprise yourself at what you can create!
By the end of this course you should be able to:
• Identify the grain direction of a sheet of paper and why it matters in your work
• Be introduced to measuring with a set square, scoring and creasing paper with a bone folder, and knowing how to cut accurately with an X-acto knife and metal ruler.
• Have an understanding paper weight in grams per square metre and sizing so you can choose appropriate papers for making pop ups.
• Have an introduction to choosing a pop up or paper engineering structure to match an image.
• Make a meander book from one large sheet of paper for your sampler
• Create a sampler of symmetrical pop up shapes to use as reference for your own work.
• Create and customise pop ups of skyscrapers or mountains, rooms with furniture and pop up frames for images or quotations.
• Introduction to the technical basics for successful right angle and wing structures.
All materials and tools are supplied at the Bindery
Tea, coffee and biscuits will be supplied. There will be tea breaks and lunch which you are welcome to bring with you or there are cafes and markets nearby.
Workshop written and delivered by Jean Kropper for the NSW Guild of Craft Bookbinders © 2018 Jean Kropper. All rights reserved.