Memories of Science by Dorothy A. Yule

Science fascinated me when I was young. I wanted to understand how the universe worked, what made things tick, where everything came from. I also enjoyed making things, especially books and small toys. I lost the academic thread of science somewhere between physics and calculus but I sublimated my scientific desires into the making of artist’s books. This book, which I originally wrote in 1996, recalls in verse my experiences as a young scientist: the early lure of bugs, the shining world of astronomy, experiments in magnetism and the electric motor, and biology with its seductive taxonomy. The text alternates in folds of the accordion structure with pop-ups which illustrate my memories. The small scale of this book necessitates a close encounter—holding the book in the hand to watch the motion of the pop-ups as they rise from the page. Hopefully its accompanying CD sound track — the text of the book set to music by Doug Yule and performed by Big Red Dog — creates a tiny theatrical experience as the reader turns the pages. Click here to see a video of this terrific book in action.

Congratulations Dorothy for winning the Meggendorfer Prize for Artist Books for Memories of Science from the Movable Book Society.

Artist Bio

Dorothy A. Yule is fascinated by paper engineering and has created many unusual pop-up and movable books. She often collaborates with her twin sister, Susan Hunt Yule, on books produced under her imprint, Left Coast Press, two of which were published as trade books by Chronicle Books (Souvenir of New York and Souvenir of San Francisco). She and her twin also collaborate on eccentric ephemera as Les2twins. Her books are in many museums and special collections including those of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York, the Museum of the Book in the Hague; the Victoria and Albert Museum in London; and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. She teaches book arts at the Academy of Art University and has taught pop-ups and movables as a visiting instructor at the California College of the Arts.