Dear GNSI Members and Guests,

Welcome back from summer! September opens our fall meeting season. Pop-up book fans, please join us for a GNSI-DC meeting on September 16th for a fascinating presentation about how these books got their beginnings, how they have evolved over time and their use today:

EVENT DATE: Tuesday, September 16, 2014; 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

PRESENTATION: The History of Pop-Up and Movable Books

This 50-minute slide presentation begins with the development of movable page formats within early Renaissance science texts that employ the "volvelle" (a paper wheel chart constructed with rotating concentric disks) 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 children's 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.

Carol Barton is a book artist, curator, and teacher. She has taught at elementary, high school, and university levels, and has conducted adult workshops at art centers across the United States. She is on the faculty at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and the Corcoran College of Art and Design. Her most recent books, The Pocket Paper Engineer, Volumes 1, 2, and 3 are how-to guides to making pop-up cards and pages.

Smithsonian Natural History Museum
10th St. & Constitution Ave., Washington, DC.
Cathy Kerby Room (2nd Floor, East Wing)

Wait for an escort in the Constitution Avenue lobby between 5:30 and 6:15 p.m. (about every 15 minutes)

-- 5:30 p.m. for snacks and socializing (Please bring a food item to share, or $3.00 for the donation jar.)
-- 6:00 p.m. Business and announcements
-- 6:10 p.m. Presentation begins. 

We will check for late stragglers at the Constitution Avenue entrance every 15 minutes until 6:15.

If you would like to park in the museum lot, email Alice Tangerini ([log in to unmask]) with your name. The security at the museum has been increased and you will need to be on Alice's list to park at or after 5:00 p.m.

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