Imagine you open a book and a tiger jumps towards you. If three-dimensional objects are formed in front of the viewer’s eyes, that previously fitted flat between two book covers, one speaks of a pop-up.
The development of these folding objects is my passion. Since my videos have received millions of hits on the internet, I get requests from companies from home and abroad.

What inspires me to this day, is the enormous range of my projects. I design prototypes for pop-up cards in all imaginable sizes and for various purposes. Many of my designs are produced in large editions, but I create also exclusive individual pieces. So I designed, for example, for a trade show a gigantic folding backdrop which was more than ten meters wide and five meters high – probably the biggest pop up card in the world.

Video: Christopher Helkey

Peter Dahmen

Designer, born in 1967

Qualification

designer, paper artist, specialist for pop-up-cards and paper-engineering, developer of pop-up cards and foldable artworks made from paper and cardboard

professional life

Since March 2008
Resumption of freelance work. Focus: pop-up cards, paper engineering, paper design

2002–2007
employed as graphic designer and leader of the dadvertising department at Heyda-Werk, Hagen. Solely responsible for the conception, design and implementation of all publications, paper products, packaging and corporate design

1994–2002
Freelance graphic designer, projects for the following customers (excerpt):

  • Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung BZgA
  • Deutscher Bundesjugendring DBJR
  • Deutsche Verkehrswacht
  • Westfalenhallen Dortmund
  • BITS-Hochschule, Iserlohn
  • Dortmund-Project
  • Stadt Dortmund
  • Heyda-Werk, Hagen

1988–1993
Academic studies of “Visual Communication” at the University of Applied Sciences in Dortmund. Working in different advertising agencies throughout the entire study time

voluntary service

03/2015 – today
Member of the advisory board of  Highcon Systems, Israel

Awards

2014  „Kultur- und Kreativpilot Deutschland 2014
Award of the Ministry of Culture and the Media, the Ministry of Economy and Energy, as well as the Initiative Culture and Creative Industries of the Federal Government of Germany

participation in Exhibitions

02/2014 – 03/2014 “Pop-Up! – Bücher in Bewegung”
Papiermuseum Bergisch Gladbach

07/2014 – 08/2014  “World Pop Up Art”
315 Art Center, Changwon, Korea

03/2013 – 05/2013 “World Pop Up Art”
Hangaram Design Museum, Seoul Art Center IDA, Seoul, Korea

11/2012 – 01/2013 “Pop-Up-Karten – Wunderwelt aus Papier”
Zwischenraum Ateliers, Markt 5, 58239 Schwerte

10/2011 “Pop-Up-Skulpturen”
“Sehfest Hörde – Tag der offenen Ateliers”
Niederhofener Straße 4, 44263 Dortmund

catalogues / mentions in books

2014 Helen Hiebert – Playing with Pop-Ups
Title page, pages 88 and 201
ISBN: 978-1-59253-908-6
publisher: Quarry Books, a member of Quayside Publishing Group, 100 Cummings Center, Suite 406-L, Beverly, Massachusetts 01915-6101, USA

2013 Paradise of Paper Art
pages 401 – 404
ISBN: 978-988-16075-4-6
publisher: Designerbooks, A508/509, Tianhai Commercial plaza, 107#, North Street, Dongsi, Dongcheng District, Beijing, China

2013 exhibition cataloge “World Pop Up Art”
pages112 – 117
ISBN: 978-89-966313-4-7
Herausgeber: Art center IDA, 125-4 Yangjai dong Seocho-gu, 137-891 Rep. of Korea

2012 Jean-Charles Trebbi – L‘art du pop-up
page 106
ISBN: 978-286227-713-4
publisher: Éditions Alternatives, 33 Rue Saint-André-des-Arts, Paris VIe, France

2011 Papercraft 2 – Design and Art with paper
page 120
ISBN: 978-3-89955-333-8
publisher: Die Gestalten Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, Mariannenstr. 9-10, D-10999 Berlin, Germany

 

Links to Online articles about my work (excerpt)

09/2016   Highcon and Paper Artist Peter Dahmen: A Marriage Made in Heaven

03/2016   Q&A: Peter Dahmen

11/2014   Spectacular Paper Pop-up Sculptures Designed by Peter Dahmen

11/2014   Intricate Pop-Up Sculptures Are Tiny Feats of Engineering

11/2011   Peter Dahmen

09/2011   Six Amazing Pop-Up Paper Sculptures by Peter Dahmen

07/2011   Pop-ups made in Germany

03/2010   So entsteht Pop-up-Kunst