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Carol Barton is coming to Vermont!

The Pocket Paper Engineer - book by Carol BartonOne of the reasons why I admitted that I have a full-time job is so that I could finally spill the following: Carol Barton is coming to Vermont.

And I get to hang out with her. Yeehaw!

Carol has been consulting with the Craft Emergency Relief Fund (a.k.a. CERF, where I work) on a project called the Studio Protector. The Studio Protector is an emergency readiness and response toolkit for artists, in a pop-up book format. I’ve been printing up pieces for the prototype over the past couple of weeks and this thing is cool.

In mid-September, Carol will be coming to Vermont to lead a weekend workshop where attendees will learn how to streamline artist book editions. Using the newly-learned techniques, participants will help assemble the prototypes of the Studio Protector. The best part – the workshop is free and when the final Studio Protector is mass-produced, attendees will get a free copy. We still have spots available, so if you’re interested, send me an Email and I can give you more details.

In addition, CERF and the Special Collections Department of the Bailey/Howe Library at the University of Vermont are co-sponsoring a free lecture with Carol on Friday night. Details can be found at the end of this post.

In case you didn’t know, Carol’s newest book has just been released: The Pocket Paper Engineer, Volume 2: Platforms and Props. You can read more about the book on her website. I just got it, but haven’t had the chance to read it yet (it looks good). I’m pretty sure that she’ll be bringing copies of her book to the lecture at UVM.

Hope to see you there!


The Craft Emergency Relief Fund and the Special Collections Department of the Bailey/Howe Library at the University of Vermont are pleased to announce a co-sponsored lecture with renowned paper engineer and book artist, Carol Barton: The History of Pop-Up and Movable Books.

This 50-minute slide show begins with the development of movable page formats within early Renaissance science texts that employ volvelles and lift-up flap mechanisms. Movable illustrations from astronomical, navigational, mathematical and medical books will be shown. The presentation will also include a discussion of childrens’ pop-up books from the 19th and 20th centuries, along with examples of current commercial and artist-made dimensional books. The lecture includes discussions of die-cutting and hand-assembly processes used in the modern manufacture of pop-up books.

Event Details:
Friday, September 12, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.
Special Collections Department, located on the lower level of the Bailey/Howe Library University of Vermont Burlington, VT
Event is free and open to the public.

Parking info:
Parking is available at the visitor parking lot on College Street near the intersection of South Prospect Street. The lot is free in the evening. Handicap parking is available outside Bailey/Howe Library. The UVM campus map shows campus buildings and visitor parking.

Special Collections at the University of Vermont:
Phone: (802) 656-2138
Email: uvmsc@uvm.edu

So what do you think? I'd love to know!

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