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Bruce Foster

PAPER ENGINEER, DESIGNER AND SPEAKER

Bruce has been designing with paper since the late 80’s when, as a freelance graphic designer, he was tasked with creating a pop-up marketing piece for Hi-C Juices. Having dabbled with sculptural art in graduate school, the opportunity to convert flat graphic design into movable and three dimensional art was transformative. Bruce has since designed 60+ pop-up books and countless other pop-up and movable creations for large publishers, museums, packagers, corporations and individuals. He has created an elaborate book for the Harry Potter films, worked with industry leaders like Mo Willems, and even provided paper engineering for the Disney film, Enchanted!

An energetic and entertaining speaker, Bruce visits elementary schools often, and has also given presentations to adult audiences at The Smithsonian in Washington DC; The Public Library in Cincinnati, OH; The Dennos Museum in Traverse City, MI; the IDA Center in Seoul, South Korea; and most recently, was the keynote speaker at the 25th anniversary conference of the Movable Book Society.

Originally from St. Francisville, a small plantation town in Louisiana, Bruce attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville before meeting the love of his life, Lori, in Florida. Bruce and Lori have raised two wonderful girls (Nicole and Lydia) after moving to Houston, TX in the mid-80’s.

Bruce is proud to be affiliated with the two outstanding organizations, the Movable Book Society and the Houston chapter of The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Bruce serves as the Editor-in-Chief and designer of the quarterly magazine for the MBS, Movable Stationery. The MBS is the world’s largest organization of pop-up and movable book creators and collectors. While the magazine is a member’s only premium, I invite you to view one issue here.  If you are a fan of pop-up books, I highly encourage you to join the MBS to meet paper engineers and collectors from around the world. And you will receive all the other benefits of membership.

The SCBWI is the international professional organization for authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults with chapters throughout America and the world. Bruce has been a member since 2011, but has served as the Houston Chapter’s webmaster and newsletter editor for the past 8 years. The SCBWI is an excellent and supportive environment for published and unpublished authors and illustrators alike. If you want to become a children’s book professional, make this a must for membership. So many successful authors attribute membership here for their path to this career.

Contact Information
T: +1 832-594-8939
Exhibitions, Adult Speaking Engagements, Survey Books

Presenter, The Movable Book Society Conference, October 2021, Denver, CO

Artisan-in-Residence, The Ocean House, Westerly, RI.
September 2021

Editor-In-Chief and Art Director, Movable Stationery, the quarterly newsletter of the Movable Book Society.  2018 to present. See sample issue here.

Keynote Address, The Movable Book Society 25th Anniversary Conference, Kansas City, KS.  2018

AtoZ: Marvels in Paper Engineering, The Movable Book Society’s 25th Anniversary collection. Judge and Designer of the exhibition pop-up, 2018.
Logo design by Isabel Uria

The Dennos Art Museum, Traverse City, MI.  2014

IDA Center, Pop-Up World Exhibition, Seoul, South Korea. 2013

The Cincinnati Public Library, Cincinnati, OH. 2012

Paper Engineering: Fold, Pull, Pop and Turn. With Chuck Fischer at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC 2010.
Exhibition, Address and Video.

Featured in these fine exhibition and craft books:

The Movable Book Society Meggendorfer Awards 1998-2018.
Kyra Hicks  2018

Hermann Geiger Fondazione Culturale Exhibition
POP UP La Magia Dei Libri. 2018

World Pop-Up Art by Art Center IDA. 2013

Playing with Pop-Ups by Helen Hiebert, Quarry Press. 2012

L’Art du Pop-Up et du livre anime by Jean-Charles Trebbi,
Paris, France. 2012

Artist’s Work