About

Welcome to NC Paperworks, home to the paper engineer, paper artist, graphic designer, author and illustrator Nicolas Codron.

I design and handcraft artist’s books in very limited editions: pop-up and movable books, and books in all shapes and sizes (leporello books, tunnel books, etc.).

My artist’s books are present in various private and public collections, including those of the Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York and of the Bibliothèque Forney in Paris.

I also self-publish my own work, and collaborate with talented artists – illustrators and photographers – to bring their worlds into stunning pop-up artworks and movable books. You can see my books and artworks in the Bibliography below or in the Shop.

I also design pop-ups for commissioned works (books, cards, LP-covers, objects, etc.). Including your project. Let’s talk about it.

I provide and hold ready-made or order-made pop-up workshops for children, families, adults and institutions, and pop-up engineering formations for dedicated adults, all the way from your idea to the mass-manufactured product and any point in between. See the page dedicated to workshops and master classes.

And among other things I do design. Such as regular book design, packaging, or front-end website design. So if you like what you’re seeing or are simply curious, just send me a word.

Since 2023 I am the organizer of the Salon du Livre Animé, the annual Paris Pop-up Book Fair. More info here: https://salondulivreanime.blogspot.com/

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And if you like what I do, you can buy me a coffee and support my work. Thank you.

Follows a bibliography of my self-published items and collaborations, pop-up and movable artist’s books, mainstream publications, and selected commissioned works.

Selective Bibliography

Artist’s Books & Cards

Creation Artist's Pop-up Book

Creation (2024)

This artist’s pop-up book-leporello explores the creative process through a poem and movable depictions of white, raw architectures. 30 copies, entirely handcrafted by the artist.
More info ➔

Pop-up Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Oz Pop-up Fantasy (2024)

A pop-up tableau after Denslow’s illustrations for The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. 30 copies, entirely handcrafted by the artist.
More info

Une Saison en Enfer - A Season in Hell - Pop-up Book - Arthur Rimbaud - Nicolas Codron

Une Saison en enfer (2023)

The full text of poet Arthur Rimbaud’s A Season in Hell interpreted into innovative typographic pop-ups. Artist’s book, 50 copies, entirely handcrafted by the artist.
More info ➔

Calligrammes Animés Pop-up Book - Guillaume Apollinaire - Nicolas Codron

Calligrammes animés (2023)

A selection of poet Guillaume Apollinaire’s calligrams interpreted into pop-ups. Artist’s book, 50 copies, entirely handcrafted by the artist.
More info ➔

Lettre Océan Pop-up Calligramme

Lettre-Océan (2023)

Guillaume Apollinaire’s double calligram interpreted into a large pop-up decorative object. 50 copies, entirely handcrafted by the artist.
More info ➔

Nicolas Codron Steps Livres d'artiste Artist's Books

Steps (2017-2024)

A very limited series of artist-handcrafted pop-up architectural kiri-origamic leporello artist books-objects:
Steps, Steps 1.5, Steps: Baby Steps, Steps 2: More Steps, Night Steps, Small Night Steps, and several variations and related ‘offprints’ and items.
One to twenty copies for each main installment, all numbered and signed.
In the collections of the NYC MET, among other renowed institutional and private collections. More info here!
See in the Shop ➔

Self-Published Works

Nicolas Codron Leporello Book + Pop-up Cards

Chats en Toits, Calligramme d’Apollinaire, WestWorld Mind Maze, Castlevania Pop-up Maze (2022)

One cute leporello book with lots of cats on Paris’ rooftops, Chats en Toits, and three dashing new pop-up cards: one Picture-Poem, one Maze and one Map.
Each is limited to 300 numbered copies.
See in the Shop ➔

Nicolas Codron - La Tour des Horreurs Pop-up Book 2021

La Tour des Horreurs (2021)

A free VIP guided tour of the Tower of Horrors: what a splendid opportunity!
Or is it really?!…
A very original, beautiful (and perfectly harmless?) laser-cut pop-up book! In detail here.
In the Artists’ Books collection of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Fleet Library! among other renowned public and private collections.
See in the Shop ➔

Nicolas Codron - John Tenniel's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Miniature Book

John Tenniel’s Alice in Wonderland (2021)

This special miniature book features Tenniel’s original engraved illustrations, with quotes from Lewis Carroll’s novel. Various limited editions, with pop-up extras. Further info here.
See in the Shop ➔

Rohan Hutchinson / Nicolas Codron - Post Hiroshige Pop-up Cards

Post Hiroshige / Pop-Up (2021)

With Australian photographer Rohan Hutchinson.
A series of 3 pop-up cards reworking Hutchinson’s photographs of Japanese architecture. 100 copies each, numbered and signed.
See in the Shop ➔

Mainstream Pop-up Books

Xavier Coste 1984 Cover

1984 (2021)
By Xavier Coste. Publisher: Sarbacane.
The final spread of Coste’s graphic novel adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984 is a grand pop-up scene I designed and engineered. Only in the first printing. 10,000 copies sold out in one week! (ISBN: 9782377315116)
Awards: Prix Albert-Uderzo 2021, Prix BD Fnac/France Inter 2022.

HD video of the pop-up here https://youtu.be/tMAT3ntHUBo

Nicolas Codron Mademoiselle Mangetou

Mademoiselle Mangetou (2020)
Illustration: Julie Colombet. Publisher: Sarbacane.
Originally a recto-verso leporello artist’s book reworked for mainstream publishing. A caterpillar eats all kind of unexpected things to find something she likes! (ISBN: 9782377314058)

HD video of the book here https://youtu.be/zp1vx47VU4I

Commissioned Works (selection)

Rone Time Clock Room Paper Tableau Pop-up

Rone ∙ Time ∙ The Clock Room ∙ Pop-up Paper Tableau (2022)
Designed for Australian street-artist Rone (Tyrone Wright)’s massive Time installation & exhibition at Flinders Street Station, Melbourne, Australia (10/2022-04/2023).

Available in the Pop’ Shop for those far from Australia.

Nicolas Codron - Jewelry design for Rosée Lunaire decoupage

Rêve de Lunétoile / Souhait nocturne (2022)
Jewelry design and a presentation card designed for Akiko Ota’s Rosée Lunaire / decoupage in Japan.

Galerie Jacques Lacoste New Year Card 2022 Carte de Nouvel An

Galerie Jacques Lacoste – 2022 New Year Card
New Year pop-up card-object designed for the incredible Galerie Jacques Lacoste in Paris.
© Hervé Lewandowski / Jean Royère Estate / ADAGP / Adélaïde Laurent-Bellue / Nicolas Codron ncpaperworks.com

DIY – Templates

DIY pop-up papercraft - Japanese Shrine

Japanese Shrine Pop-up DIY Papercraft
Build a pull-tab-activated pop-up paper toy initially designed by Utagawa Yoshifuji in mid-19th-century Japan, that I reworked and recreated for all to enjoy and craft!
See in the Shop ➔



See my other DIY templates.



Articles (mostly about pop-up books and pop-up book fairs):

Journal of Interactive Books, vol. 3 (2024), pp. 106-107: “20 Years: 20 Books. The 20th Anniversary Exhibition of livresanimes.com at the 2023 Salon du Livre Animé”.
Movable Stationary, vol. 31, N° 4 (2023), pp. 24-25: “Le Festival du Livre Animé”.
Movable Stationary, vol. 31, N° 3 (2023), pp. 16-17 : “Le 14e Salon du Livre Animé”.
– And since 2021 regular reviews of recent movable books on https://www.livresanimes.com/

My work is featured in the following printed media:

Movable Stationary, vol. 31, N° 4 (2023), pp. 22-23, in Maaike van der Meulen, “Salon du Livre Animé”.
Movable Stationary, vol. 30, N° 2 (2022), pp. 18-19, in Maaike van der Meulen, “The French School”.
– J.-Ch. TREBBI, L’art du livre origami (Alternatives, 2021), p. 94.

See also the section “In the Press | On the Net” below.

Events – Exhibitions

2024

15e Salon du Livre Animé
le samedi 23 novembre 2024, 14h-18h
à la Mairie du 9e arrondissement de Paris (75)
Organisateur – Rencontre et vente d’ouvrages

Printemps du Papier
Beaulieu-lès-Loches, 10-12 mai 2024
Expo-vente, atelier

Une Histoire à Malakoff: Le Magicien d’Oz
22 avril, 14h-18h : vernissage
27 avril, 15h30-17h : atelier carte pop-up “Oz” avec Anne-Sophie Baumann, chez Les Filles du 19 (Malakoff), sur réservation : https://square.link/u/Or8TvzeH
27 avril, 18h-minuit : marché des créateurs. Rencontre et vente.
Plus d’infos dans la section News.

Ateliers “Joconde Pourrie” au Musée du Louvre
23-24 mars 2024, infos ici

2023

Marché de Noël chez Môm’Didot : Nos artistes exposent
le mardi 19 décembre 2023, 17:30-19:30
Expo-vente, 4 square André Lichtenberger, 75014 Paris

Ateliers pop-up à la Médiathèque de Montrouge
le samedi 16 décembre 2023
Atelier jeunesse carte pop-up + Atelier adulte livre d’artiste leporello animé
Réservations auprès de la Médiathèque

14e Salon du Livre Animé
le samedi 25 novembre 2023, 14h-18h
à la Mairie du 9e arrondissement de Paris (75)
Organisateur – Rencontre et vente d’ouvrages

18e salon Multiples, de la petite édition d’artiste
les samedi 28 et dimanche 29 octobre 2023, 11h-18h30
au pôle culturel Le Raudour à Saint-Martin-des-Champs, Morlaix (29)
Rencontre et vente d’ouvrages

Festival du Livre animé de Cluny
du vendredi 22 au dimanche 24 septembre 2023, 10h-19h
aux Écuries de Saint-Hugues et salle Victor Duruy, à Cluny (71)
Rencontre et vente d’ouvrages

2022

Dans la Tour des Horreurs et autres livres de Nicolas Codron
Exposition, du samedi 3 au samedi 17 décembre 2022
à la Bibliothèque Municipale de Vaujours (Maison du Temps Libre, 93410)
Accès libre aux heures d’ouverture au public (mardi et vendredi 13:45-16:45, mercredi et samedi 9:45-11:45 et 13:45-16:45)
Et atelier pop-up jeunesse le 10 décembre, gratuit sur réservation

Salon du Livre animé (annulé / cancelled)
organisé par Chez les libraires associés / La Boutique du livre animé
le samedi 19 novembre 2022 à la Mairie du IXe à Paris, 14h-18h
Rencontre et vente d’ouvrages

Multiples, Salon de la petite édition d’artiste, 17e édition
les samedi 29 et dimanche 30 octobre 2022, de 11h à 18h30
au pôle culturel Le Raudour à Saint-Martin-des-Champs, Morlaix (29600)
Rencontre et vente d’ouvrages

Salon du Livre caudacien, 6e édition
le dimanche 16 octobre 2022, de 10h à 18h
Rue Louis Aragon 94510 La Queue en Brie
Rencontre, vente d’ouvrages, atelier pop-up jeunesse

Délire de Livres 2022 (Am’Arts)
Exposition de livres d’artistes et livres-objets
à l’Écu de France, Viroflay (FR), du 12 mars au 10 avril 2022.
Vous pourrez y retrouver nos Steps: Baby Steps et Steps 2: More Steps qui ont été sélectionnés.
Vernissage le 12 mars à partir de 11h.

2021

13e Salon du Livre Animé
Chez les libraires associés / La Boutique du livre animé
Rencontre-signature, Mairie du IXe (Paris, FR), 2021/11/27

Les livres de Nicolas Codron at Chantelivre Paris: Halloween in Wonderland
Window display / installation with the miniature book Tenniel’s Alice and the pop-up book La Tour des Horreurs, available for sale in the shop during the event.
From October 28 to November 18, 2021.

Exposition Pop-ups: Architectures kiri-origamiques (Steps, Post Hiroshige)
à la Librairie Lardanchet (Paris, FR).
Exposition-vente solo, 2021/5/19-7/28

2018

11e Salon du Livre animé
Chez les libraires associés
Rencontre-signature, Médiathèque Françoise Sagan (FR), 2018/11/21

Finalist of the Artist Book Meggendorfer Prize with artist book “Steps”
USA, 2018/09

La p’tit’édit n° 3
Livres d’artistes uniques ou à tirages très limités

Librairie Gaëlle Cambon
Exposition-rencontre, Tours (FR), 2018/09/28-30
Avec Diane de Bournazel et Dominique Spiessert

2017

10e Salon du Livre animé
Chez les libraires associés
Rencontre-signature, Paris (FR), 2017/11/23

In the Press | On the Net

Movable Stationary-31-4
The Movable Book SocietyMovable Stationary – 2023-4
Movable Stationary-31-4
The Movable Book SocietyMovable Stationary – 2023-4
Movable Stationary-31-4
The Movable Book SocietyMovable Stationary – 2023-4
The Movable Book SocietyMovable Stationary – 2022-2
The Movable Book SocietyMovable Stationary – 2022-2
Steps 2: More Steps dans
J.-Ch. TREBBI, L’art du livre origami (Alternatives, 2021)
Steps 2: More Steps dans
J.-Ch. TREBBI, L’art du livre origami (Alternatives, 2021)
Steps 2: More Steps dans
J.-Ch. TREBBI, L’art du livre origami (Alternatives, 2021)

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