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Pop up books- pump up your imagination.

In childhood, we called them toy books or pop up books.

​Heroes of fairy tales "jumped" at us from bright pages, jungle forests grew on the spreads - it was all so magical. The narrative seemed to invade our three-dimensional world and become a part of it.

The art of pop-up books appeared a long time ago and since then has been developing in two main directions: volumetric illustrations themselves "grow" out of the plane piece of paper, and the moving ones need help: pull, twist some detail.

The first known book with turning details dates from the 13th century and was the work of the philosopher Llull. In the 16th century, turning and lifting mechanisms came in handy in books on anatomy. One of them was the first fully illustrated encyclopedia De humini corporus fabrica (1543) by Andras Vesalius.

Every 3D book is a miracle of book engineering! The layouts of such books are prepared carefully, based on drawings and mathematical calculations. Almost every home library has such a magic book and, most likely, this is for children. But until the second half of the 18th century, pop-up books for children were not published. Then the publication of children's books was only gaining momentum. The first successful pop-up publication was a book with valves - "Harlequiniades" by Robert Sayer.

The 20th century brought the flourishing of pop-up art. Technologies were improved, and unique specialists - engineers of paper structures - took up the design of books. Today, layouts are created on a computer, but assembly and gluing is done manually.

Benjamin Lacombe, Yusuke Oono, Colette Fu, Julia Froehlich, Robert Sabuda, Robert Crowther, Matthew Reinhart - check out the names of these authors when you search for 3D books that will blow your imagination.

And also bring kids to our art classes. Every term we have crafts as the last part of the term curriculum where kids use different media to work with 3D space and even some strategies from pop up book creation.




​Art Academica



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