Pop-up Book

Pop-up Book

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popupcourse popup1“What an amazing book and incredible to see it being assembled!” 
Visitor to production line.

The pop up book ‘Legend: An A-Z of the Lea Valley’ was assembled on the ‘Pop Up Pop Up’  public production line and interactive performance over three days, 18-20 September, at Sugarhouse Studios in Stratford, East London. Through the event, a team of dedicated pop-up apprentices made the first edition of this pop-up book charting an alternative moving history of the area of East London transformed to stage the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Legend: An A-Z of the Lea Valley is a poetic miscellany of the facts and fiction of a changing landscape. With images made using reclaimed demolition material and marshland vegetation each pop-up page is a moving vision of urban change as pylons collapse, tower blocks grow, and bombs drop. This handheld animation of regeneration is local and universal charting and reimagining industrial decline, mutating place names, flora and fauna and local legends. The book is represented by Kaleid Editions who took it straight from production line to the 2014 London Art Book Fair at the Whitechapel Gallery where it was awarded the Birgit Skiold Award for Excellence.


“It’s an amazing archive as well as an exquisite object.”Visitor to production line.


Acquisitions so far include:
V&A Museum National Art Library
Saison Poetry Library
MoMA New York Library
Yale Centre for British Art
Clark Art Institute
Lafayette College
Swarthmore Library
Private collectors

A book by Hilary Powell
Printing by Calverts Co-Op
Laser cutting by Liquorice PressAntoinette’s workshop and Digihaus
Design by Marta dos Santos and Bob Brown
Binding by Kate Rochester and Kaori Maki
Book consultancy by Simon Goode of LCBA


The project originated in my long-term work in and love of this changing area. Through an AHRC Fellowship in the Creative and Performing Arts at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL I developed the use of pop-up and other moveable book techniques as a way of examining and imagining a constantly changing urban landscape.
Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England with additional support from UCL Institute of Making, UCL Public Engagement, UCL Graduate School, UCL Urban Laboratory and Newham Council.

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