Thursday, March 17, 2011

Report on Club Night (pop-up books!)

Another nourishing club night!  Thank you to Grant Tilly and Trevor Morley for spoiling those of us who gathered at the Library Bar on the 15th for the April WCBA Club Night.  

Trevor and Grant shared with us their extensive collections of pop-up books.  I felt all the glee of being a kid as they turned each page of their books revealing yet another paper engineering surprise.  There were lots of ‘ooohhs’ and ‘ahhhs’ echoing around the room so I don’t think I was the only one who was so delighted.  

Robert Sabuda, Lothar Meggendorfer and Ernest Nister were the most revered paper engineers and Grant and Trevor explained to us the many techniques and approaches these artists used to create pictures that stepped right out of the book and then folded back so neatly again.  

My favourite pop-up was the tornado that literally twisted right up out of the book and into the sky in a pop-up book of The Wizard of Oz.  I also loved the playful simplicity of Marion Bataille’s ABC book ABC3D which recently won a prize in 2010.  A feast for the eyes!  

The moveable book society secretary in Utah (who has approximately 6,000 pop-up books in her personal collection incidentally), may get a bit of a shock when she suddenly has a host of new members from New Zealand join the society!  

-Holly Gooch

1 comment:

Hana said...

I would love to get a look at that Wizard of Oz pop-up book!