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2018 Conference Agenda

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Thursday, September 27

4:30 – 5:00 pm Registration is open. Meet and Greet!
5:00 – 6:00 pm Dinner at the Westin Kansas City
6:00 – 6:15 pm Welcome and Introductions
Shawn Sheehy, Conference Chair
6:15 – 6:30 pm Site Host Welcome
Patrick Kershner, retired Hallmark Cards paper engineer
6:30 – 8:00 pm A Conversation with David Carter (popupbooks.com) and Maike Biederstädt (maikebiederstaedt.de) Don’t miss this great opportunity to meet the famous David Carter—creator of “The Elements of Pop-up“, the bestselling “Bugs in a Box“ series, and the cool and abstract “One Red Dot“ pop-up book (which won both the Meggendorfer Prize and the Anderson Award). In a conversation with German paper engineer Maike Biederstädt, you will hear more about his life and prosperous career (he created over a hundred pop-up books!) and his published and unpublished book projects. This will definitely be a talk between paper engineers, but you can ask questions too. Bring your David Carter and Maike Biederstädt books for the signing after the interview.

Friday, September 28

All Day Silent Auction open for bids
8:30 – 9:00 am Continental breakfast
9:00 – 9:45 am The Art of Paper Craft: Hallmark Pop-Up Books, Greeting Cards & More
Samantha Bradbeer, Historian
Designs from the past often inspire Hallmark’s creative talent to create new and innovative products. Hallmark Historian Samantha Bradbeer will shed light on how Hallmark artists utilized vintage pop-up books, greeting cards, and other products to create Wonderfolds, a brand new line of cards that celebrates the art of paper craft.
9:45 – 10:00 am Coffee break
10:00 – 10:45 am Digitizing Movable Books
Emily Brooks, PhD candidate in the English Department at University of Florida (emilyfbrooks.com)
Have you ever wondered how movable books should be digitized? What methods are better for volvelles, what technologies work best for dissolving scenes, and what can you do with extravagant pop-ups? Come see the many ways that historical movable books can be shown online, from animated GIFs, to videos, to 3D models, to 4D volumetric captures! Emily Brooks will share her doctoral research from the Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature and offer tips for digitizing your own movable books.
10:45 – 11:45 am Open Mic Session
11:45 – 12:45 pm Lunch at the Westin Kansas City
12:45 – 1:00 pm Social Media & MBS 2.0
Kyle Olmon, paper engineer (kyleolmon.com)
Kyra E. Hicks, author (blackthreads.com)
Over the past year, The Movable Book Society has focused on creating a larger online presence to connect with members and the general pop-up book community. The organization expanded its engagement on numerous social media outlets and the original website received a much needed upgrade as of January 28, 2018. Please join Kyle Olmon and Kyra Hicks as they provide a brief overview of recent developments and the goals for the future.
1:00 – 1:30 pm Tao Hua Yuan Ji: A Record Breaking Pop-Up
Colette Fu, photographer and pop-up book artist (colettefu.com)
Last Fall, Colette created a 21×14 feet photographic pop-up book from cardboard at the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center. The book was inspired by an old Chinese story of a fisherman who came upon an isolated peach blossom valley where people seeking political refuge lived an ideal, harmonic life with nature and each other. To the Chinese, this story is metaphoric to an imaginary unattainable Utopia where the peach blossom symbolizes luck, love, and longevity, and to some – immortality. People were able to enter into the 5 feet high cave opening.
1:30 – 2:15 pm Hands-on Project Colette Fu will teach attendees how to build a specially designed conference movable or pop-up!
2:15 – 5:00 pm Explore Kansas City on your own. Visit nearby attractions, institutions and exhibits. Hallmark Visitor’s Center Special Exhibit: “History of Hallmark Pop-Up Books”| Linda Hall Library | The National Museum of Toys/Miniatures | Community Bookshelf
5:00 pm Evening dinner on your own
Informal Show-and-Tell

Saturday, September 29

All Day Meggendorfer Prize for Best Paper Engineering – Trade Publications voting
Silent Auction open for bids
8:00 – 8:30 am Continental breakfast
8:45 – 9:00 am MBS Business Meeting
Ann Montanaro Staples, MBS Founder and Board President
9:00 – 9:45 am For Love and Money: Appraising Your Pop-Up Collection – Panel Discussion
Larry Rakow, Collector/Dealer (wonderland100.com)
Ellen G. K. Rubin, Writer/Curator/Collector (popuplady.com)
Larry Seidman, Collector (drlar7.tumblr.com)
The old saw, “Collect what you love,” is probably the best advice anyone can heed, but as collections grow (and grow and grow!), one cannot help but wonder about value. What is my collection worth? Three members of the Movable Book Society…dealer/collector Larry Rakow, pop-up maven Ellen Rubin, and collector extraordinare Larry Seidman…discuss resources for appraising individual items, current trends influencing the field, navigating internet and social media sources, and more. An “Antique Roadshow”-style appraisal of audience-members’ pop-ups concludes the presentation.
9:45 – 10:00 am Coffee break
10:00 – 11:00 am Keynote Address – Still Popping After All These Years
Bruce Foster
(paperpops.com)
Bruce Foster will share details of his journey over the past 25 years as a paper engineer as well as some recollections of the early days of the MBS and other anecdotes. He will walk us through a selection from his 50+ books, paper crafts, and pop-up cards, including some rarely seen short run commissions, deleted pops from published books and even a few designs that never met the printing press (Sad!). And finally, a few words about judging the A to Z contest.
11:00 – 11:45 am A Presentation of Past and Current Work
Courtney Watson McCarthy, paper engineer (offcenterpops.com)
Courtney Watson McCarthy will share some of her highlights, ups, downs and near-misses in the paper engineering world over the past eighteen years. She will share details from starting out as a set designer/model builder for the theater that led to her paper engineering and to her most recent upcoming book honoring Leonardo Da Vinci on the 500th anniversary of his death.
11:45 – 12:45 pm Lunch at the Westin Kansas City
12:45 – 1:30 pm Engineering & Design Process,  and Assembly Demonstration
Yoojin Kim, Designer & Paper Engineer, Art Director at UWP Luxe (yoojinkim.com)
Yoojin Kim will be sharing her recent design projects from UWP Luxe and her personal freelance & commissions. Her projects evolve around experimenting with paper, including greeting cards, pop-up books, custom wedding invites and paper sculptures. She will talk through her creative process while demonstrating hand assembly of one of the spreads from her upcoming pop-up book, Shells. She’ll be sharing her favorite tools to work with.
1:30 – 2:15 pm Pop-Ups Beyond Books
Peter Dahmen, Designer and Paper Artist (peterdahmen.de/en/)
Even though Peter Dahmen has been inventing pop-ups for many years now, he has not yet created a classical pop-up book—all of his designs involve paper-engineering, though. In his presentation he will show some of his most unusual works: a 10-meter wide pop-up stage that was opened only once at a press conference, a spectacular greeting card which can be folded in thousands of different ways to show more than 44,000 different snowflake images, and a gift box for an engagement ring that will make every bride say ”Yes, I do“.
2:15 – 2:45 pm A to Z: Marvels in Paper Engineering” – From Concept to Completion
Monika Brandrup, Vice President, Creative Director at Up With Paper
A to Z: Marvels in Paper Engineering is a juried collection of pop-up alphabet spreads. The collection showcases some of the best paper engineers around the world as they translate their unique styles into each letter to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of The Movable Book Society. During this session, Monika Brandrup will present the spectacular collection in public for the first time, and share some production stories as well.
2:45 – 3:15 pm Set-up for Book Sales, Swaps and Signings
3:15 – 5:45 pm Book Sales, Swaps and Signings
Meggendorfer Artist Book Award contenders on display for judging.
5:45 – 6:30 pm Break
6:30 – 7:00 pm Pre-Banquet Reception and Cash Bar
7:00 – 8:15 pm Banquet celebrating 12th Conference & 25th Anniversary
8:15 pm Auction Proceeds, Prizes, and Final Remarks

Sunday, September 30
Post-Conference Activities in Kansas City
Helen Hiebert, author of Playing with Pop-ups, is offering two half-day workshops at the Kansas City Center for the Ink & Paper Arts, located at 1427 W 9th St in Kansas City, MO.
Morning:  Pop it Up / Light it Up
Afternoon: Twisting Tyvek Lanterns
Registration and more information available here
Maike Biederstädt

Maike Biederstädt

David A. Carter

David A. Carter

Peter Dahmen

Peter Dahmen

Samantha Bradbeer

Samantha Bradbeer

Colette Fu

Colette Fu

Yoojin Kim

Yoojin Kim

Courtney Watson McCarthy

Courtney Watson McCarthy

Larry Rakow

Larry Rakow