Numéro is a clever new pop-up book by French artist Marion Bataille. You may remember her previously featured work: a pop-up alphabet book. Her most recent work has similarly basic content: the numbers one through ten.
The design of the book, however, is anything but simple. Watch as the pages elegantly unfold, revealing each numeral. It's like a ballet on paper. But in an interview, Ms. Bataille describes the process of designing and making a pop-up book as something more like fashion design:
What are the steps and people involved in a pop up? We understand it would take more than a writer and an illustrator and of course, a publisher.
It depends on how the author works, some work in collaboration with a paper engineer. But personally, I like to do engineering, it is part of the pleasure.
Please tell us a bit more on the manufacture of pop ups. Is each copy handcrafted or machine made? Is the glue a special kind? Any other interesting trivia?
It is very much like dress making, you build a construction in paper, and put it flat, draw a pattern and adjust several times until it moves smoothly. The glue is the one one uses in bookbinding. You need few more tools : one to mark the folds, for this one can use a used ball-pen. A cutter, a ruler, sellotape for adjustments.