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April 15, 1947
|Education||North Texas State University, University of Texas, Austin|
|Occupation||Book artist, paper engineer, artist|
Sally Blakemore is an award-winning paper engineer and pop-up book packager based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is best known for NASCAR Pop-up: A Guide to the Sport, which includes two dozen pop-ups and a 12-second sound chip. Blakemore also heads Arty Projects Studio, a pop-up and novelty book packaging company.
Blakemore is a self-taught paper engineer. "I bought my first pop-up book in 1979, at the age of thirty-three. Tor Lokvig's paper engineering in Haunted House by Jan Pieńkowski totally intrigued me and made me laugh with glee. I studied each mechanic, took it apart, and put it back together again. It was my education in the making."
As a child, Blakemore, who had dyslexia and synesthesia, could not read at all. According to one interview, she said "I liked to look at the comics and the weather map in the newspaper. It was very humiliating. I could not make the leap from a printed word to the meaning of the word....I could not spell at all and phonetics didn't really make sense....It is so strange that I somehow got into publishing!"
As head of Arty Projects Studio, Blakemore once spent a month in Malaysia overseeing the commercial production of the pop-up book Ancient Dwellings. The first print run was 10,000 books and involved 400 women in hand-assembling the book. One of the company's most successful novelty book is Peek-A-Moo!, a lift the flap book by Marie Torres Cimarusti, with over 390,000 copies in print.
Pop-up books paper engineered by Sally Blakemore:
- Blakemore, Sally (2004), Ancient Dwellings of the Southwest, Western National Park Association, OCLC 55753594
- Blakemore, Sally (1998), Circus!: A Pop-up Adventure, Little Simon, OCLC 39980741
- Blakemore, Sally (one of 28 paper engineers) (2010), Handmade Paper in Motion, Portfolio 9, Pop-ups, Hand Papermaking, OCLC 692218926
- Blakemore, Sally (2009), NASCAR Pop-up: A Guide to the Sport, Gibbs Smith, OCLC 259258649
- Blakemore, Sally (1997), Pooh's Christmas Box, Disney Press, OCLC 38088764
- Blakemore, Sally (2005), Pop-Up Aesop, Getty Publications, OCLC 61478174
Pop-up artists' books by Sally Blakemore:
- Blakemore, Sally, Gurls (Investigating the sublimation of women worldwide)
- Blakemore, Sally (2001), July 16, 1945: New Mexico's History of the Atomic Bomb
Books illustrated by Sally Blakemore:
- Blakemore, Sally (2015), Algebra survival guide: A conversational handbook for the thoroughly befuddled, Singing Turtle Press, OCLC 877851011
- Blakemore, Sally (1996), Bats: Extremely Weird series, John Muir Publications, OCLC 33819625
- Blakemore, Sally (1991), Frogs: Extremely Weird series, John Muir Publications, OCLC 33862847
- Blakemore, Sally (1996), Spiders: Extremely Weird series, John Muir Publications, OCLC 716690645
- Blakemore, Sally (1991), Reptiles: Extremely Weird series, John Muir Publications, OCLC 607201998
- Bluemel, Nancy Larson; Taylor, Rhonda Harris (2012). Pop-up books: a guide for teachers and librarians. Santa Barbara, Calif.: Libraries Unlimited. pp. 32–33. ISBN 9781591583981.
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- "In Conversation with Sally Blakemore". Movable Stationery: quarterly publication of the Movable Book Society. 17 (4): 1. November 2009.
- Olmon, Kyle. "In Conversation with Sally Blakemore". www.kyleolmon.com. Retrieved June 11, 2017.
- Bluemel, Nancy Larson; Taylor, Rhonda Harris (2012). Pop-up books : a guide for teachers and librarians. Santa Barbara, Calif.: Libraries Unlimited. pp. 32–33. ISBN 9781591583981.
- Steinberg, David (September 27, 1998). "Profitable Pop-Ups". Albuquerque Journal: C6.
- Zibart, Rosemary (September 12, 2004). "Books That Go Pop". The Santa Fe New Mexican: E-1.
- "In Conversation with Sally Blakemore". Movable Stationery. 17 (4): 2. November 2009.
- Rubin, Ellen G. K. (November 2010). "Magic and Passion in Portland". Movable Stationery: Newsletter of the Movable Book Society. 18 (4): 18–19.