Paul Johnson and the Carousel Pop-up Book with Sculptural Cover Workshop

The Sheridan Libraries & Museums, Department of Conservation and Preservation, welcomes back to Baltimore the British book artist Paul Johnson, who won first prize (complete book) and the Portnall Award in the 2013 Society of Bookbinders International Bookbinding Competition. In the same year, his book, New Paper Pop-up Projects, was published both in the UK and USA. This fall he is the keynote speaker at the Movable Book Society's conference in Philadelphia.

This two-day workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4, and Sunday, Oct. 5, in the Conservation Lab of the Brody Learning Commons. Participants will construct a 3D book in the style that won Paul first prize in the international competition referred to above.

On day one, participants will make the four spreads that make up the pages (Theme: The Seasons) joined with dovetail joints and interlocking sections. There are no folds so the form can be taken to pieces and reassembled. On day two, participants will make the covers joined with piano hinges and a sculptural spine. Hinging the pages into the cover completes this intensive 360-degree pop-up book project.

Registration: Seating is limited to 15 participants. Participants will be accepted into the workshop in the order in which the RSVP and payment are received. Interested individuals must RSVP electronically by Friday, Sept. 26. You will receive electronic confirmation that your seat will be held. Payment is due by Sept. 26, as well. Please make the check payable to Sheridan Libraries & Museums. Checks should be addressed to Department of Conservation and Preservation, Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles Street, BLC 5031, Baltimore, MD 21218.

Registration fee for this two-day workshop is $150 per person.

For more information, contact Cynthia Simpson at or 410-516-8009.