The Struwwelpeter

2010-2014

A series of flag, tunnel, carousel and pop-up books with electronics.

In the mid-19th century Heinrich Hoffman wrote and illustrated a series of morality tales for children. The result in each is so disastrous they're fantastically shockingly inappropriate for children. So, I decided to make a series of pop-up books based on them. (in progress)


Shockheaded Peter (an accordion pop-up book)
Peter is a filthy boy with uncombed hair and dirty nails and everyone is disgusted by him.

Small Accordion Fold Pop-Up, digitally printed on Haahnemuhle paper with fully archival pigmented ink. Edition of 50.
4.5" x 3 3/4" closed, 4.5 “ x 35” open.




The Story of Flying Robert (a flag book)
On a rainy day good children stay inside but Robert does not. And you know what happens when you go out in the rain? The wind picks you up and carries you away and no one ever sees you again.

Flag book, digitally printed on Canson watercolor paper, with fully archival pigmented ink. Edition of 50.
8" x 5" closed and 8” x 15” open





Pauline and the Matches (a carousel book)
Pauline is told not to play with matches, but, guess what she does as soon as her mother leaves the house.

Carousel book structure measuring folded. Self cover. Five scenes/panels. Digitally printed on Canson archival watercolor paper. Includes a set of five free standing text cards. Edition of 50.
6" x 8" closed.





Augustus Who Would Not Eat His Soup (a tunnel book)
Augustus refuses to eat his soup and he wastes away and dies.

Six tunnel books, digitally printed on Hahnemühle paper with fully archival pigmented ink on an Epson 4880 Matte printer, 6 text cards inside self-folding envelope, 6 museum stands for text made of full archival museum board, inside fully archival museum board box. Edition of 20.




Little Suck A Thumb (a tunnel book)
Conrad keeps sucking his thumbs until the evil tailor comes through the window and chops them off.

Five tunnel books, digitally printed on Hahnemühle paper with fully archival pigmented ink on an Epson 4880 Matte printer, 6 text cards inside self-folding envelope, 5 museum stands for text made of full archival museum board, inside fully archival museum board box. Edition of 20.





Cruel Frederic
Frederick is a violent and mean lad, who beats up on the wrong dog one day, who mauls him in response.






Exhibitions and Galleries:
  • Book Art Art Book at the Crawford Center Campus Gallery, Episcopal Academy (2014 Newton Square, PA)
  • Central Booking at the Finsterwalde, (2012, Berlin Germany)
  • Art on the Wall, The Art and Pictures Collection, Mid-Manhattan Library, New York Public Library (2010-2011, New York NY)
  • "TriWall", The Williamsburg Art and Historical Center (2010-2011, Brooklyn, NY)
  • "Pop-Up" Now, 23SandyGallery (2010, Portland OR)
  • Central Booking Gallery, (2010-2011 Brooklyn, NY)
  • "Illustrious: The Art of the Book", Eclipse Mill Gallery (2010, North Adams, MA)

    The books are also in the collections of:
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
  • Berlin Public Library
  • Boston Public Library
  • Savannah College of Art and Design
  • Temple University
  • Swarthmore University
  • and numerous private collections.