Paper Toy

Wat Meer Trekpoppen: More Jumping Jacks

Jumping Jumping Jack
Jumping Jack assembled out of Small Cut Shapes, glued together

Welkom!  A few week ago I noticed I was getting some verkeer vanuit Nederland – traffic from the Netherlands. While it’s not unusual for a far off web site to link to my blog, what has caught my attention, and what has prompted this post, is that, day after day, for several weeks now, I continue to get visitors coming to my site through a post by . Elenea wrote what looks to be the most comprehensive post on the web about Antique Jumping Jacks, trekpoppen or, in the singular, trekpop. ( What a great word!)

Jumping Jack, Trekpop, "built" from shapes of paper
Elenea’s post has it all: there’s a short video showing the dynamic qualities of the structure, and there’s an impressively researched and nicely diverse list of links to sites that include patterns for making Jumping Jacks and coloring pages for this structure. Although Elenea’s post is written in Dutch (I think….hmmm..) the links that she posts are mostly written in a language that I understand.
Cut out shapes to use to make the Jumping Jack

If you saw my first post on Antique Jumping Jacks and my post on Jumping Jacks made by students in 2010 you ‘ve seen that I haven’t been using patterns for making Jumping Jacks.  I encourage students to cut out interesting shapes from paper, then assemble them together to make their own unique works of art.

Jumping Jack in shades of blue
 These photos were take a few weeks ago, when I taught, for the second year in a row, a morning, vacation week workshop at the Southern Vermont Arts Center.

  I was delighted by how different the Jumping Jacks were from each other.

“Backstage” of a Jumping Jack

Here’s the back side of my Jumping Jack. Although I use heavy paper, I’ve decided that it’s wise to use support the neck with a flat wooden spoon. Also, I taped a paper loop to the head, to attach the string to hold Jack from the top. Oddly, I couldn’t convince any of the students in my workshop to extend a string from the head. They preferred to hold the puppet’s head.

Now, here’s another odd thing: this Dutch post that is referring me all these visitors was written in 2007, four years before my post was written.  Which means, I guess, that someone else has written a post that has compelled people to go to Elenea’s site, and then people come to my site?! Wait, no, that can’t be it…she must’ve recently updated it? …who knows!
Related links: Elenea’s post (in Dutch)

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