Pocket Paper Engineer (The) --Volume 1: Basic Forms

Published By: Popular Kinetics Press

Book Category: Non-Fiction, Crafts & Hobbies

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Reviewed by Jan Warren

Whether you're 8 or 80 if kinetic art (art with motion) has always fascinated you, then you'll enjoy creating pop-ups.

Since hands-on is the best way to master any skill, you might want to invest in The Pocket Paper Engineer. The 16 three-panel project cards have easy-to-follow instructions printed right on the colorful tear-outs. The 67-page book is bound with wire-O (think heavy-duty spiral), so the book lies flat when opened. Another nice feature is the project pockets within the sections to store your completed projects for future reference.

The Pocket Paper Engineer has easy-to-locate tabs that divide its six sections: Directions, Boxes, Triangles, Combinations and Variations, Layers and Appendix.

An interesting tidbit in the book was the history of pop-ups. The genre has its roots in antique scientific texts. As early as the fifteenth century, paper dials and lift-up flaps were used to explain concepts in astronomy, mathematics, and human anatomy. There is nothing that antiquated within the modern pages this book, but it does have bright and fanciful projects to complete.

Once you learn the basic concepts of each form, then it's merely a matter of applying them to your own original ideas such as my personal favorites, scrapbooks and card making. (These are areas not specifically covered in this volume.

Armchair Interviews says: If you are looking for a good beginner's introduction to pop-up art, then this book should meet that need.

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