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Pop-Up Books

Pop-Up Books

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Alexandra Czinczel


This course is for everybody who wants to learn how to make a book that opens up into a 3D object. We will investigate how three different types of 3D books are constructed: pop-up books, carousel books and tunnel books. Students will gain experience in paper engineering, including techniques of cutting, creasing, folding and gluing, as well as learn about how to choose suitable paper and card for their 3D book projects.

We will explore the structures and mechanisms commonly used in pop-up books and make our own straight and curved pop-up shapes as well as pull tab mechanisms to make things slide or rotate, starting with simple pop-ups and moving on to more complex designs.

Students will be able to finish two or three books to take home, or, if they prefer, a collection of pop-up cards.

Some experience in paper folding (for example origami) would be useful, but this course is also suitable for complete beginners.

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Tutor Description

Alex Czinczel is a fine artist and designer living in London. Her artist's books are in the Small Press Collection in the Special Collections at UCL Library and in the collection of artists' books in the Steve Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, as well as some private collections. She is Bookbinding Artist in Residence at Central Saint Martins and Visiting Lecturer at Central Saint Martins and Kingston University.  She also has a blog:


Please bring with you to the first session:

  • Scalpel with size 10A / 11 blademetal-edge 
  • Ruler
  • A4 / A3 cutting mat
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Scissors

Available dates

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