Innovation and Inspiration: The Art of Paper Engineering was created to introduce the Valerio and Karen Imarisio Pop-Up Book Collection to students and the greater community and to inspire ideas through the innovative work of professional paper engineers and artists on display.
The pop-up book collection was donated to the University of Michigan-Dearborn 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, science, biology, business, architecture, art, design and medical students.
Karen Imarisio began collecting pop-up books over thirty years ago after receiving Robert Sabuda's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Soon afterwards, she discovered the amazing pop-up books of David A. Carter and curiosity turned to a passion for collecting all types of paper engineering, origami and kirigami folding styles, especially books with modern designs.
Karen is an alumnus of the University of Michigan-Dearborn and Ann Arbor. Valerio had a close connection to the Dearborn area where he worked as an engineer at Ford Motor Company for over thirty years.
Karen is serving as guest curator for this exhibition.
This exhibition features complex forms of paper engineering, origami and kirigami folding techniques through inspirational works found in pop-up books, the paper arts and commercial design. Several displays illustrate a direct connection between various applications and a similar pop-up book.
Today, paper engineers are producing pop-up books with complex paper folding designs that are truly astonishing. Applications inspired by these folding techniques have been used for: devices with flexible structural electronics, automotive crash absorbing structures, self-assembling and self-folding robots, folding solar panels for satellites, and transporting collapsible solar cameras and telescopes to space stations. Additional applications include creative packaging, ready-to-use self deploying relocatable structures, biomedical stents, folding kayaks, fold up bullet proof shields, architecture and art design.
The exhibition highlights several themes within each case. Various innovative paper engineering styles can be found using one central theme with each pop-up image displaying a unique interpretation of each theme.
Remarkable works by Lynne Avadenka, Matthew Shlian, and Matthew Richmond are also displayed in the exhibition.
Artist and printmaker Lynne Avadenka is known for her works that explore text and image, redefining the book form to create both artistic expression and the beauty of visual language.By A Thread (2006)
Ann Arbor artist Matthew Shlian is a paper engineer and his work is rooted in print media, book arts and commercial design. He uses his engineering skills to create complex paper sculptures which have led to innovative collaborations with scientists at the University of Michigan.
Paper artist Matthew Richmond has been creating unique avant garde fashion for over a decade. The images included here are examples of Matthew Richmond's past work.
He will be creating a remarkable life-size paper dress, inspired by pop-up books from the collection, that will be on view for the first time in the exhibition.
Video screens, kiosks and interactive tablets in the gallery show movement within various books on display, share informative links to direct applications found in all styles of paper engineering and provide extensive educational content for visitors.
C'era una volta (Once Upon A Time)
Art Inspired Solar Cells
Engineering with Origami
The Stamelos Gallery Center is located on the first floor of the Mardigian Library at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. For more information, see below for contact information. Anyone requiring accommodations under the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact (313)593-5087.
World renowned artist Kyohei Fujita was born in Japan in 1921. He is known as the father of Japanese studio glass. Many of his works, including this one, were inspired by early Japanese boxes that were richly decorated with lacquerwork and mother-of-pearl inlays, and traditionally used to store Buddhist writings, jewelry, inkstones and brushes. Fujita's celebrated ornamental glass boxes revive conventional Japanese aesthetics in a contemporary form. This breathtaking piece was mold blown with gold and silver foil inclusions. Whenever asked by collectors what to keep in the boxes, the artist usually stated "You should put your dreams in them."
---Laura Cotton, Art Curator and Gallery Manager