Consider five small shallow boxes, each folded from a single sheet of heavy stock. Imagine binding these drawer-like boxes into something reminiscent of a book block, complete with its own cabinet-like case. Inside each of these boxes you construct something mechanical from paper that can be used many ways. You have just built a Cabinet of Paper Mechanical Curiosities—a 4D Whitman’s sampler of movable delicacies, made entirely with paper.


This workshop removes the restraint of FLAT from the codex page. The first box explores movable paper engineering fundamentals. By adding a sculptural component, the second amplifies a model from the first box. The third is a tiny automata. The fourth contains a classic crankie. The fifth box employs a shutter structure to mysteriously bring an object into view. You will make this movable mechanical magic out of little more than card stock, glue, and simple hand tools. Both paper engineering beginners and advanced practitioners will be accommodated and challenged by the material introduced.

Level: Advanced

Prerequisite: Experience with basic pop-up structures and bookbinding techniques necessary.

Sorry! This class is not eligible for the Early-Bird Sale

Cabinet of Paper Curiosities; Mar 7 & 8; 10am-5pm

How did you find out about this workshop?
    • Date & Time: 2-day workshop: Saturday–Sunday, March 7–March 8, 10am-5pm
    • Materials Fee: $30, payable to Pyramid on day of class
    • Instructor: Shawn Sheehy

    Shawn Sheehy has been teaching and making pop-up artist books since 2001. Sheehy has published two trade pop-up books: Welcome to the Neighborwood (2015) and Beyond the Sixth Extinction (2018). He currently serves as director of The Movable Book Society. He holds an MFA in Book Arts from Columbia College Chicago.

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Friday–Saturday 10am–6pm
Sunday 12pm–5pm

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