Combining elements of origami, paper engineering, and dimensional sculpture, the average pop-up book takes a year to design and every copy must be hand-assembled.
"The process is very much like a miniature engineering project," says Bill Finewood, associate professor in the School of Art. "Pop-ups come to life through movement and don't lock the viewer into a single moment frozen in time like a normal book does. It is an extremely unique experience for the reader, which is one of the forces that drive artists who work in the form."
Finewood has sought to promote pop-up artists and enhance education in the form, as well as develop his own artistic creations. This includes the development of Pop-Up Books: An Interactive Exhibition, which debuted at RIT's Bevier Gallery. The exhibit featured work from leading artists/authors in the field, including Chuck Fischer (The White House), David A. Carter (Bugs in Space) and Kyle Olmon (Castle). It also included a step-by-step display illustrating the many components required to transform 2-dimensional designs into a finished 3-D book.
"Pop-up artists rarely get the respect they deserve for the work they create," Finewood notes. "Through this exhibit we were able to promote the work of a number of artist/authors and highlight both the technical innovation and artistry inherent in their work."
Finewood has also created a course at RIT focused on pop-up art, as well as community presentations highlighting pop-up design. He is currently working on his own pop-up book, tentatively titled A Cavu Day, which he hopes to release in 2013.
"Through all of these efforts I hope to promote the continued development and enjoyment of pop-up books as a unique creative outlet," Finewood adds.