Posted on Jul 20, 2015
in Alumni News and News
Artist and author Chuck Fischer, famous for his beautifully designed Christmas-themed pop-up books, recently released The White House Pop-Up Book in honor of the most famous residence in the world. The book features eight hand-painted rooms and their treasures, and the format encourages learning and interaction.
Fischer, f’77, will be in Washington, D.C., later this week to sign copies of the new book. On Thursday, July 23, he’ll be at the White House Visitor Center (1450 Pennsylvania Ave. NW) from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., and at the Newseum Store (555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW) from 2:30-4 p.m.
On Friday, meet Fischer at the Library of Congress Store (101 Independence Ave SE) from 10-11:30 a.m. Later that day, he’ll be at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History Store (14th Street and Constitution Ave. NW) from 1-3 p.m.
Take a tour of the book in this short video:
In the world of paper engineering and pop-up books, author and artist Chuck Fischer, f’77, has made a big impact. His Christmas-themed pop-up books include A Christmas Carol, Angels: A Pop-Up Book, and Christmas Around the World. But it’s the re-release of his first book, Christmas in New York, that gives Fischer giant exposure in a new world market—literally!
A firm in Hong Kong reached out to Fischer in September for permission to create a marketing campaign for the book. The company created giant pop-up page spreads which went on public display this week. The oversize sculptures introduce new audiences to Fischer’s work and have delighted the crowds. Fischer was on site for the official unveiling of the campaign. “Needless to say, it’s a thrill to be here and see my work in person, to have it come alive in 3D at this scale,” he says.
The original artwork for Christmas in New York, as well as art from six other pop-up books, interior design murals, china, crystal and fabric are now part of the collection at KU’s Spencer Research Library. The works are an important addition to the holdings that include limited-edition artists‘ books, children’s books and 19th-century scientific books, all of which include varieties of pop-up features and are regularly studied by KU book arts and design students.
—Susan Younger, creative director