I was Born on March 4th, 1957 to Lavon and Craig Carter at L.D.S. Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the foot of the
Wasatch Mountains, home to some of the best powder skiing in the world. I have been an artist and a skier ever since.
I was reared in Bountiful, Utah. I attended Adelaide Elementary, South Davis Junior High and graduated by the skin of my
teeth from Viewmont High-school in 1975.
I attended Utah State University, in Logan, Utah, on an art scholarship. While at USU I studied illustration and art. When
my money ran out I moved back to Salt Lake City where I worked in the graphic design and advertising business
In 1980 I moved to Los Angeles seeking fame and fortune or at least a good job. After working many jobs as a graphic
designer and paste up artist, I went to work for Waldo Hunt at Intervisual Communications Inc.. Over the next 7 years,
while working with I.C.I.’s creative director Jim Diaz and various other artists such as David Pelham, Jan Pienkowski and
John Strejan, I learned the fine art of Paper-Engineering and Pop-Up bookmaking. I created HOW MANY BUGS IN A
BOX? while at I.C.I. and I also met my wife, Noelle, there. We were married in 1985.
I left I.C.I. in 1987 to start my own business. Since then I have created more than 85 pop-up books, including the Bugs in
a Box series with US and international sales of over 6.5 million copies, EASTER BUGS which was a New York Times #1
best seller for three years in a row, THE ELEMENTS OF POP-UP which was chosen as an ALA pick of the list, ONE RED
DOT which was awarded the Andersen award in Italy, 600 BLACK SPOTS and WHITE NOISE which were picked as one
of the 10 best illustrated books of 2007 and 2009 by the New York Times Book Review.
In 1989 our first daughter, Molly, was born. In 1990 we moved from Santa Monica to Auburn, California and in 1993 our
second daughter, Emma, was born.
I work hard so that I can ski, ride roller coasters, collect wine, grow vegetables and native plants, and travel.
I believe that art is entertainment and I hope my art tickles your mind.
David Pelham was born in Gloucestershire, England in 1938, and studied at Glasgow School of Art before graduating from
St. Martin's School of Art, London, in the late fifties.
He began his career designing magazines, and books for Oxford University Press. In 1962
he was appointed Art Editor of the art magazine Studio International, working closely with many of the leading painters,
print makers, sculptors and photographers of the day. By the mid sixties he was art directing the UK edition of Harper’s
Bazaar. During the seventies, as Art Director of Penguin Books, he designed and illustrated covers for many Penguin titles,
including his iconic design for A Clockwork Orange. In 1975 he wrote and designed his award-winning bestseller The
Penguin Book of Kites, which remains in print some 40 years later.
Pelham left Penguin in 1980 to pursue his interest in innovative books, and in 1982 won the Gold Award for Book Design by
the Designers and Art Directors Association of London for a further book on kites. That same year he approached the
polymath Dr Jonathan Miller with his idea for an educational pop-up book on the human body. Consequently, in
collaboration with Miller, he designed and produced the hugely successful The Human Body which brought pop-up
techniques to a new and far wider market. This title went on to sell over three million copies worldwide and was followed by
another success, The Facts of Life, also in collaboration with Jonathan Miller. Among his many awards Pelham holds the
Gold Award of the Art Directors Club of New York for his work on The Human Body. This title also won The Book of the Year
Award of the 1983 Frankfurt Book Fair.
In order to realise these two complex dimensional projects Pelham collaborated closely with Intervisual Books in Los
Angeles and the manufacturer Carvajal in Colombia. He subsequently was appointed Creative Director of Intervisual Books,
generating ideas for countless pop-up titles and overseeing their production in Los Angeles, Colombia and Mexico. Having
travelled extensively he now works exclusively in London. 1989 saw the publication of his popular Dimensional Man, a life
size pop-up wall-hanging of an anatomical human figure, half muscular, half skeletal, which was accompanied by a
detailed index listing the major bones and muscles of the body. His most recent major projects have been in collaboration
with the sculptor Sir Anthony Caro, with whom he devised wall sculptures capable of folding flat for storage.
Pelham's work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, and the
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, among other galleries
James Diaz is a highly accomplished Paper Engineer and Graphics Artist. As Chief Creative Officer for Paper Pirate
Studio, Inc. he offers his clients both full-service packaging work or paper engineering contracted services. James has
worked on over 400 published works as, an artist, paper engineer and author.
James, along with fellow paper engineer, David Carter created one of America’s most used books for learning paper
engineering with “Elements of Pop Up: A Pop Up Book for Aspiring Paper Engineers,” as their primary textbook for teaching
this highly skilled art.
In the past he has served as the Creative Director for Intravisual Books, developing over 200 children’s pop-up and novelty
books. In 1989 James founded White Heat, Ltd. which published and packaged over 300 children’s novelty books, for such
publishing giants as Random House, Dutton, Scholastic and Simon and Schuster. As an internationally acclaimed paper
engineer, James has worked with highly successful artist in developing projects, including David Carter, David Pelham,
and Robert Sabuda, among many others.