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Digital bookplate for the Valerio and Karen Imarisio Collection

One Red Dot by David A. Carter Little Simon, c2005 Image used with permission by David A. Carter.

Karen began collecting pop-up books over twenty five years ago after receiving Robert Sabuda's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Soon afterwards, she discovered the astonishing pop-up books of David Carter and curiosity turned to a passion for collecting all types of paper engineering, origami and kirigami styles, especially books with modern designs.

Karen is an alumnus of the University of Michigan-Dearborn and Ann Arbor. Valerio has a close connection to the Dearborn area, working at Ford Motor Company as an engineer for over 25 years.

The Mardigian Library was the perfect choice to donate the pop-up book collection with a specific goal in mind: to spark innovative ideas through visual inspiration of various paper engineering techniques found in each book. It is an accessible collection with a special interest for engineering, robotics, mathematics, science, business, education and arts students.

Inspiration found in pop-up books and different folding style techniques has been applied to:

  • devices with flexible structural electronics
  • automotive crash absorbing structures
  • self assembling and self folding robots
  • folding solar panels for satellite
  • transport collapsible solar cameras and telescopes to space stations
  • creative packaging
  • read-to-use self deploying relocatable structures
  • bio-medical stents
  • folding kayaks
  • fold up bullet proof shields
  • flexible art sculptures

The possibilities are endless.

Let's also not forget the pop-up books are fun to look at!

Did you know?

  • 3D Printer in the Library
  • The Mardigian Library has one LulzBot 3D printer and we offer a 3D printing service for current students, faculty, and staff of the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

  • Please visit our 3D Printing Service page for information on 3D printing, resources for students and faculty, and how to submit your 3D Print Requests.