articles by The Popuplady

Popuplady's visit to
The Paris Salon, 2014

Reviews of the Movable
Book Society's conferences

Smithsonian Pop-up Exhibit

Erotic Watch-paper

On Exhibit:
Being Taped for the
Martha Stewart Show

Czech It Out!
Translating Kubašta

My trip to Mecca
Seeing Pop-ups Made

Book Auction - My First


Deodorizing a Smelly Book

Removing Marks from a Book



Paper Engineering: Fold, Pull, Pop & Turn
The Smithsonian Exhibit June 14-2010 -Fall 2011
at The National Museum of American History, Washington, DC

By Ellen G. K. Rubin

There is no substitute for being there. Try to make your way to America's capital city to see this new exhibit of over 50 books from 1540 to-date. Curated by Stephen Van Dyk, Head Librarian of the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum in New York City (with some assistance from The Popuplady, Ann Montanaro, and Carol Barton), old and new books rub elbows sharing the mechanisms that animate them. See the carousel turn and open and close 2 books yourself, controlling the timing and popping up.Remember to pick up the beautiful brochure explaining the mechanisms and the template to make your own patriotic pop-up, engineered by Bruce Foster and illustrated by Chuck Fischer. The Popuplady was there for the opening and she wants to share her excitement Read about the opening. Here are some photos.

Paper Engineering: Fold, Pull, Pop & Turn-Opening Night June 14, 2010 

Our Beautiful Capital Building

Happy Popuplady

1st floor gallery
Grand Entrance

Imaginative Title

Nancy E. Gwinn, Director, Smithsonian Libraries

Stephen Van Dyk, Librarian, Cooper-Hewitt Museum NYC

Curator says, Thank you!

Opening signage

Chuck Fischer & The Popuplady

Ellen, Chuck, Stephen

Standing Proud!

Too busy to eat!

Ellen G. K. Rubin with Sue Frampton, Program Director

With Mr. Popup

Dean’s New book of dissolving views, 1860



Descartes’ De homine, 1662

A Timeline of Pop-ups

A Suit of Armour 1824, The Human Body, 1983

Pull flaps

Mechanism explanation

Astronomicum Caesareum, 1540, Haggadah, 1933

Haggadah on loan by The Popuplady

Ten Plagues in a volvelle

Moerbeek’s Roly Poly

Vojtěch Kubašta’s Ricky the Rabbit

Folds & Unfolding

Englebrecht peepshow

Garden Scene, 1740


Pop-ups with video wall

Euclid’s Geometry, 1570

Sabuda Cookie Count, 1997

Cookie Count

The Video [dirty screen]

Thanks, Buster Foundation

Chuck at work

Nesting sheet from Angels

Bruce Foster at work.
Missed you at the opening!

Reinhart’s waterfall mechanism

More pops and folding

Dean’s Cinderella, ca 1850

Little Showman

Pops with a flexagon

The Popuplady rules!


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