Rosston Meyer is an artist of a high order; a craftsman, a warrior in the age of digital incursions. And anything related with true craftsmanship is hard to come by in this day and age. He is one, if not the only artist, making a real stab in a oft-ignored art form pop up books with his company Poposition Press.
Meyer creates the perfect corporeal amalgam of past and present into one viable nexus. He is a lonesome man worried by nothing when the nothingness of the vast digital landscape stares him down.
"I think that the attraction to pop up books is simply due to the fact that it is tangible, and that it can't ever be re-created digitally," he explains, "It has to exist in the real world to be a pop up, and that, in of itself, makes every pop up a piece of art."
And dare we say it, literacy, in 2015, is one of the hallmarks of any civilized society. "There's a lot of thought and time put into each piece prior to actually cutting anything out, or designing any of the paper engineering that will make it pop up," he continues, explaining the complex artistry of his endeavors. "The approach is generally to get an idea of what the pop up should look like when fully extended, make a simple mockup showing those elements (that does not fold) and then if everyone is happy with the direction it's going, start building out the engineering and artwork to match. It's similar in a way to an animatic or storyboard works."
His latest crowd-sourced venture defied expectation. The Kickstarter is scheduled to conclude tomorrow. We asked if Rosston surprised to meet and exceed the $15K goal.
"Yes, and especially so quickly. I've been building the fan base for about two years, through the artists I'm working with and on my own to pop up book fans, and a general art audience. It paid off, and we hit 75% of the goal within the first few days!"
So, from design to final copy, the creation of a pop up book entails a lengthy and he says, "complicated endeavor." Six pages takes about sic months to create. Meyer asserts that "this book is on Kickstarter mostly so that it can get assembled overseas -- that alone took almost six months to make 100 copies of our first book, so outsourcing that aspect is the real kicker with this project... Ot'll save us a ton of time not having to do the assembly."
Meyer is a true Floridian, offering a rare connection to a bygone era, one that links us with scissors and printouts, an association, a bond; his work is bond.
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