Pop-up Spirit House with Paul Johnson

September 21, 2014
10:00 am - 4:30 pm

William Way LGBT Community Center

Paul Johnson 118


In domestic gardens, public spaces, forecourts of shops and businesses in Southeast Asia, particularly Thailand there are spirit house shrines. They are everywhere. Intended to provide a shelter for spirits these miniature temples are mounted on a pillar or dais. In this workshop you will make a paper 3D pop-up spirit house without folds as all sections are joined with interlocking units, dovetail joints and piano hinges.

$75/Members of PCB & the Movable Book Society, $95/Non-Members, $15 Materials Fee (paid to the instructor the day of)

Students should bring-Pencil, 12 inch steel ruler, scissors, craft cutting knife, cutting mat, and white glue.

If you wish, bring colored pens, colored paper, collage materials, rubber stamps etc. to decorate your pop-up model.

There will be a 45 min lunch break. Bringing lunch is recommended.


Paul Johnson has an international reputation for his pioneering work in developing literacy through the book arts. He is author of over fifteen titles including A Book of One’s Own, Literacy Through the Book Arts and Pictures and Words Together (all published by Heinemann,USA.)  Recent teaching tours include Sweden, South Korea and Thailand and he regularly teaches in the USA.

Dr. Johnson is also a successful book artist with work in the collections of the Tate Gallery, London, the Cooper-Hewett Museum in New York, the National Gallery, the Library of Congress, Washington DC, and many US universities including UCLA, Berkeley, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Yale and Harvard. His work was selected for the recent Stand and Deliver USA touring exhibition of pop-up editioned books, and for the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild’s The Art of the Book touring exhibition (2008-09) for which he also received the guild’s Book Art Colophon Award.

He is on the UK Craft Council’s select list of British designer-makers.



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