I’ve been updating my website recently. Consequently there were times when the site wasn’t available as I experimented with my limited knowledge of web coding! So apologies for that!
As you can see there is now better menu navigation at the top, it’s not perfect, but I’ll perfect it over time. This will now give me the opportunity to add more articles and material to the site, and for it to be found!! Not hidden away somewhere.
The big change which has taken a few days is a new “Pop-Ups You Can Make” page. I’ve made this more accessible with a page of images to click on. Now you can see all the pop-up choices without having to scroll down the whole page. I’ve also fixed a couple of broken links and even updated the “Flying Man” pdfs that accidentally still had scanned images left in them!
Check back from time to time to see what’s been added. I’ll also be Tweeting any changes @PopUpGuy.
This is a really useful pop-up that you can make and adapt for any use – whether it’s an invitation, a birthday or holiday card, or just a fun pop-up scene. The cut out window allows you to see through to the back of the folded pop-up inside. Therefore you can have a ‘before and after’ design.
Once you have made this version make another where you change the shapes and their size. See how far away you can get from my design! NOTE: There is no artwork on the print outs! That’s for you to add!
Finally, pictures of Junzo Terada’s Yuletide Carolers Advent Calendar!
The calendar features a fun winter wonderland pop-up town with animal carolers that I created, and is now available from Chronicle Books. Each day open one of the twenty five flaps to reveal a hidden ornament that can be added to the festivities in the build up to Christmas!
I realize it’s been quite some time since I updated my blog! This doesn’t mean that I haven’t been busy, far from it.
Apart from continuing to explore new paper projects (some of which are not pop-ups) I have just completed a fun business to business pop-up marketing piece for a well known American household product. Unfortunately the agreement with the client was that I’m not allowed to mention it or photograph it! You’ll just have to take my word for it! The great thing about that particular piece was that I was able to produce it locally, which not only sped the job up, but mean that I could go on several press checks to oversee the printing and assembly.
In late July I took time off for a family holiday in Hawai’i in July but before heading out I met with Chronicle Books to discuss the artwork for the follow-up to Paper Blossoms. The paper engineering and costing for my new book has finally all been locked down so it’s now full steam ahead with the artwork! We’re very excited about this book, we have some very elaborate spreads in it!
I have also just received advance printed copies of the new “Yuletide Carolers” advent calendar that I recently designed for Chronicle Books. I will take some pictures of the pop-up for the next post.
A trend is evolving! A wonderful lady called Sarah contacted me to tell me that she has been using Paper Blossoms as a centerpiece for her various table settings since 2011! She has a blog called Hyacinths For The Soul which has great posts about entertaining, gardening, and other topics related to the home, plus plenty of links to other blogs that she recommends. Go take a look!
I was honored to attend a luncheon yesterday hosted by the San Francisco Child Care Planning and Advisory Committee to celebrate the work of the local teachers and care givers of children up to 5 years old. The reason for my being there was because CPAC as they’re known, choose Paper Blossoms as a centerpiece for all their dining tables. I know of people that have used Paper Blossoms as a centerpiece for a single table dinner party but I never expected it to be used for an entire ballroom full of tables!! This surely must be a first?! Needless to say I felt very honored and spent a lot time chatting with the guests about the valuable work they do and answering questions about my weird profession!
For San Francisco residents interested in learning more about early child care and education here is the link to their website: SFCPAC
The problem with paper engineering is that it seems to take forever before your products see the light of day! Such is the case with the Paper Blossoms Pop-Up Notecards. It seems like an eternity ago that I designed these cards! Well, wait no longer Ray because they are about to be released on March 19th! These cards are based round the ever popular gerbera daisy and come boxed in six different color combinations, making it very hard to part with any of them! For more details click here to visit the Chronicle Books webpage.
I’ve had my head down lately, bashing away at reducing the complexity (i.e. production cost) of my follow-up to Paper Blossoms. The goal here was not to reduce the cost by diluting the spreads, but to find more efficient ways of producing the book. This meant redesigning some of the spreads by combining separate pieces into one, and reducing the number of glue points. Having done that the next task was to draw the laborious dielines! This just seems to take forever because it is so boring!! Thank heavens for BBC and NPR (National Public Radio) podcasts!
Now I have that out of the way I can focus on other more interesting things!
Yesterday I reviewed the latest printer mock-up of this year’s Chronicle Books advent calendar. This features the great artwork of Japanese artist Junzo Terada. I wish I could draw in the wonderful stylish way he does. If you’re not familiar with his artwork take a look here. I don’t have any photos of the finished pop-up to share at the moment, but within the week I hoping. The calendar will be available in August of this year. More details are available at calendar page on the Chronicle Books website.
I have a couple of other projects that I’m evolving at the moment, but those are for another day.
Following my trip to Taiwan and China I couldn’t resist the temptation to make something that both reminded me of my time there and that would be a fun pop-up project. I decided on a very simplified version of an Asian Temple, the real thing of course is very elaborate! I will leave it up to you to choose the style of decoration to add. As with all of these downloadable pop-ups feel free to change the shapes and details and make these your own. This temple can be changed or decorated to represent any Asian culture, or for that matter you can adapt it to a building from any culture, even one of your own invention!
Back home now going through all the photos of my trip, still trying to believe that it really happened!
I’m so grateful to everyone at the United Daily News Corporation for inviting us to Taiwan and for being such great hosts! Many thanks to Michael Yang for curating the exhibitions, and suggesting that we be invited! Also many thanks to Roxanne, Sirena, Monica, Daniel, and Joy, for showing us around, translating, and introducing us to bubble tea!
And if you “really” want more – here are links to more photos and to the exhibition websites (in Mandarin only).
Slideshow of photos from my trip.
Same collection of photos, but on Flickr with captions.
Below, a video (in Mandarin) of David Carter, Marion and myself, showing our books in Taichung: