About

Welcome to NC Paperworks!

This is the home of paper engineer, paper artist, author and illustrator Nicolas Codron.

We 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.).

Our artist books are present in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York!

We also self-publish our 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 our books and artworks in the Bibliography below or in the Shop.

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

We provide and hold ready-made or order-made pop-up making 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. Whatever your need is, we are here for you.

And among other things we 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 us a word.

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

Bibliography

Collaboration & Solo Self-Published Works

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!
Available soon! (Let me know when!)

John Tenniel’s Alice in Wonderland (2021)

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

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 ➔

Artist’s Books

Steps (2017-2021)

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.
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!

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!

Events – Exhibitions

2022

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
Steps: Baby Steps et Steps 2: More Steps ont été sélectionnés
et feront partie de l’exposition !

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

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