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Pop-up book artist to speak at Carroll HS

September 27, 2018 GMT

Matthew Reinhart isn’t the type of author who loves book signings.

Sure, the author and pop-up artist likes autographing his work for fans, but he prefers the experience Northwest Allen County Schools will afford him next week: interacting with people, especially children.

“They’re really inspiring,” Reinhart said in a phone interview this week.

Reinhart, who creates intricate pop-up books, will give a community presentation Wednesday along with visiting every NACS school during a two-day stay.

His appearance is made possible by a $10,000 donation from Wayne and Linda Boyd, the couple selling land to the school district for a new elementary school.

“We are intrigued by Mr. Reinhart’s work and we feel so fortunate to receive the opportunity to have our students interact with him, get inspired and grow their love for books, art and learning,” Assistant Superintendent Gloria Shamanoff said in a statement.

“Whether or not you have children in the district, we encourage you to come see this person who brings books to life in ways beyond our imagination.”

The venue : Carroll High School’s large auditorium : seats nearly 1,000 people.

“I’d love to see that filled for him,” district spokeswoman Lizette Downey said.

Growing up, Reinhart didn’t envision his name on a book, let alone pop-up books.

He studied biology in college in preparation for medical school, but said he later realized a medical career wasn’t right for him. He instead aspired to design toys : he wanted to create Transformers for Hasbro : and switched his focus to industrial design.

He discovered his calling as a children’s book author, illustrator and pop-up artist through an apprenticeship, he said.

Reinhart visits as many schools as his schedule allows, he said.

His work uses multiple disciplines, including English, art and science, he said, noting that pop-ups require lots of measurements and mechanics.

“Pop-up books are very much a problem-solving style of art,” Reinhart said, calling himself a paper engineer.

He encourages students to enjoy the experience of creating art without getting wrapped up thinking about who’s better.

“I think everybody’s born an artist,” Reinhart said.

He also stresses the value of patience, dedication and being realistic about goals. When dream jobs are unattainable, he said, pursue work related to that field.

“There are certain things you know you have the ability for,” he said.

Go to www.matthewreinhart.com for more information about Reinhart, including videos demonstrating his craft.

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