Now Available In China!

Posted by Ray Marshall on August 23, 2016 in Paper Blossoms, Paper Engineering, Pop-Up Books, Pop-Ups |

I’m very excited to have received my copies of the Chinese edition of “Paper Blossoms, Butterflies & Birds.”  I think it’s my first book to have been published in China.  Although pop-up books have been produced in China for a long time now they haven’t always been available for sale there.  My trip to Shanghai a couple of years ago was part of a promotion to create more awareness for pop-up books in China.

Chinese Edition of "Paper Blossoms, Butterflies & Birds"

Chinese Edition of “Paper Blossoms, Butterflies & Birds”

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Work Update

Posted by Ray Marshall on August 23, 2016 in Making Pop-ups |

Apologies, it’s been a long time since I’ve updated my website!  That’s partly because I’ve been exploring a lot of different paper design concepts that are out for consideration right now.  These are in addition to pop-ups and I’m hoping that I can get them out in the marketplace some day.

Separately, the artwork for my next pop-up book is almost completed and looks amazing!  We hope to send that to the printer any day now.  The book should be out in the Spring of 2017, so I can’t wait for that!  More on that later.


“Paper Blossoms” in Liberty of London

Posted by Ray Marshall on April 23, 2016 in Paper Blossoms |

I was thrilled today when a friend posted a picture they took of Paper Blossoms in Liberty of London!  I’ve been a big fan of Liberty for years, so I feel very honored. Thank you Liberty, thank you Alison!

Paper Blossoms In Liberty London

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Great New Book About Pop-Ups!

Posted by Ray Marshall on September 21, 2015 in Pop-Up Books |

Michael Yang from popupkingdom has a great new book just published about the history of pop-ups.  The book features countless photographs of tunnel books, carousel books, theatre books, doll house books, and others.  Michael has one the largest collections of pop-up books that I know of and is without doubt the pre-eminent expert on the genre. At the moment the book is only available in Chinese which makes it a problem for me to read!  But at least I can enjoy the pictures!

Michael Yang's new book on pop-ups

Michael Yang’s new book on pop-ups


Belated News Update!

Posted by Ray Marshall on September 20, 2015 in Paper Engineering, Pop-Up Books, Pop-Ups |

My website being down recently made me realize that I hadn’t updated it since last December!!  That is mostly due to having to move out of my house to work on much needed repairs well into February of this year.

After that I spent some time working on new project options, a corporate marketing pop-up that I can’t promote, and then finally beginning another pop-up book project in May.

As I write this I’m about three-quarters of the way through designing the pop-ups for new book with completed blank spreads sent to the printer in Asia for costing.  The book is scheduled for release in 2017!  Nothing moves fast in the world of pop-ups!

I also have two more corporate projects waiting in the wings which I’m looking forward to starting soon!




Recent Website Issues

Posted by Ray Marshall on September 20, 2015 in Making Pop-ups |

Many apologies if you tried to access this site recently.  I had some technical issues that took a while to resolve!  I’d like to redesign the site at some point but first I need to find the time!


“Paper Blossoms, Butterflies, and Birds” featured in two Holiday Gift Guides!

Posted by Ray Marshall on December 15, 2014 in Paper Blossoms |

I’m very excited to hear that “Paper Blossoms, Butterflies & Birds” has been included in the Entertainment Weekly and People magazine Holiday Gift Guides this season!!

People Magazine 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

People Magazine 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Entertainment Weekly 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Entertainment Weekly 2014 Holiday Gift Guide




“Paper Blossoms, Butterflies, and Birds” chosen as one of Amazon’s Editor’s Picks!

Posted by Ray Marshall on December 12, 2014 in Paper Blossoms |

“Paper Blossoms, Butterflies, and Birds”

I was very surprised and thrilled to hear that Amazon had chosen “Paper Blossoms, Butterflies, and Birds”  as one of it’s Editor’s Picks in the “Fun and Quirky” category!!



Report From Yinchuan, China

Posted by Ray Marshall on October 14, 2014 in Making Pop-ups, Paper Blossoms, Pop-Up Book Events, Pop-Up Books |

From October 6th until October 11th I was the guest of some great hospitality in Yinchuan, China.  Yinchuan is in the north of China, up near Inner Mongolia.

Myself, David Carter, and Colette Fu, were there for the second appearance of the traveling pop-up exhibit that began in Shanghai. Over a two week period we read, showed, and made pop-ups with the exhibit attendees.  I was asked to visited two local kindergarten schools and a high school to demonstrate some of my pop-up skills to a new generation of paper engineers.

The day before I left Yinchuan I was invited to attend and present at a special fund raising ceremony for three local children’s charities.  I felt very touched when three copies of “Paper Blossoms” were auctioned off for over six times the recommended retail price!  I also got to personally donate a copy of each of my “Paper Blossoms” books to each of the charities.

The exhibit was organized by Jenny and Oran, two great ladies who run a local children’s library and bookstore.  They told me a story that has become all too familiar to me, that it’s become very hard to compete with online book sales as a local bookstore.  Their library is wonderfully colorful experience for kids.

After showing the exhibit attendees how to make some simple pop-ups we invited children from the local schools to make an entry for our pop-up competition. Simple soon became very elaborate as I saw when I helped judge the entries on the last day.

Yinchuan is known as “Phoenix City” after a mythological story tells how a phoenix saves the city from war by turning itself into a city.  The are many references to the phoenix all over town.  Because of this connection I made a special phoenix pop-up for Jenny and Oran, and presented it to them for their library.

One of the highlights of my trip was going to Helan Mountain to see first hand the centuries old rock carvings adorning the mountain.

I hope to get more pictures of the actual event sent to me soon – stay tuned!

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Ray Heads Back To China

Posted by Ray Marshall on October 4, 2014 in Making Pop-ups, Pop-Up Book Events, Pop-Ups |

I will be heading back to China soon for another opportunity to demonstrate my work, read stories, and make pop-ups with the kids!   This time I’ll be going to a city in the north west called Yinchuan.  We always get such a warm welcome and great hospitality that it’s worth all that travel time!

It’s really gratifying that in these days of phone and computer apps we can still be involved in this very hands on art form and that people really enjoy doing it!  Sometimes the most basic paper folds are more bewildering to people than writing computer code!  Definitely the other way around for me!!

I will post a report on my return.  No Twitter in China.

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