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A to Z: Marvels in Paper Engineering

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What would be the best way to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Movable Book Society? Earlier this year, the MBS launched a brand new website, a new logo and there’s a conference coming up this September that will also celebrate this special occasion. But it gets even better! The MBS organized a pop-up contest among the most talented Paper Engineers from around the World.

The assignment for this competition was to design a specific letter from the alphabet and a jury eventually selected 26 winning designs that form the complete alphabet. The outcome is a beautiful limited edition box set that includes 26 individual pop-up cards. Needless to say that this is a must-have for pop-up collectors. It’s also the perfect introduction for those who want to discover more about the art of Paper Engineering and the work of all the talented Paper Engineers who contributed to this one-of-a-kind Anniversary project.


“A to Z celebrates the 25th anniversary of The MBS, a forum for artists, collectors, librarians and others who love, create, share and study pop-up books.”


We think that an alphabet is a great choice for a subject! Not just because it gives room for 26 different Paper Engineers to display their work, but also because pop-up books about the alphabet are the most surprising when it comes to finding different engineering solutions to form a letter. Some examples of these are ABC3D by Marion Bataille, Aa-Zz by David Hawcock and the newly released Pop-up ABC by Courtney Watson McCarthy. Imagine how full of surprises this box set will be, because of all the different Paper Engineers who are represented. We’ve already seen some sneak peeks shared on social media but in case you’ve missed it, here’s a brief selection of what to expect.


Pre-order now!

The A to Z: Marvels in Paper Engineering box set is available to pre-order on the Movable Book Society’s website! Release date: September 27, 2018.

All pop-up cards are housed in a custom clamshell box designed by Paper Engineer Isabel Uria. It also includes a bonus pop-up card engineered by Bruce Foster and features a brief history of The Movable Book Society written by MBS founder Ann Montanaro Staples.

More info, video’s and a complete list of all Paper Engineers: A to Z: Marvels in Paper Engineering

Image credits

The letter J designed by Hiromi Takeda
The letter S designed by Isabel Uria
The letter E designed by Eric Broekhuis
The letter F designed by Yoojin Kim
The letter P designed by Maike Biederstaedt
The letter Z designed by Yevgeniya Yeretskaya (cover image)

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