David A. Carter

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 until 1980. 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 and Jan Pienkowski, 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..I also met my wife, Noelle, at I.C.I.. We were married in 1985. In 1987 I left I.C.I. to start my own business. Since then I have created more than 50 pop-up books. In 1989 our first daughter, Molly, was born. In 1990 we moved from Santa Monica to Auburn, California. In 1993 our second daughter, Emma, was born. I love to ski, ride roller coasters, grow vegetables and native plants, play tennis, fish and travel. I volunteer as much time as possible sharing my work with elementary children.

My motto is; Have Fun!

I love my work and family.

Life is good.

Noelle L. Carter

I was born on January 31, 1961 to Mariann and Tor Lokvig at Temple Hospital in Los Angeles, California. I grew up in the Echo Park area of Los Angeles and attended Elysian Park Elementary School and graduated from Area H Alternative School. I went on to Cal State Northridge where I studied graphic and illustration. After 2 years I was able to get a job as a production artist at Intervisual Communications Inc. for whom my father had worked as a paper engineer for years. There I learned much of the making of pop-up books with their creative director, Jim Diaz. It was there I also met my husband, David A. Carter. In 1984, I went to work for Chambers Design Group specializing in package design. Many burrito packages later, I stopped working full time to rear our two daughters. Molly was born in 1989 and Emma arrived in 1993. I am now lucky enough to work in our home studio with my husband. Our family now lives in Auburn, California with our three cats, Zoe, Tika and Pumpkin, and our bunny, Hazel.