Auburn’s Dave Carter to pop up Friday on “The Martha Stewart Show”

Paper engineer, "White Noise" pop-up book creator makes Christmas display for national audience
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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“The Martha Stewart Show” will welcome Auburn pop-up book creator David Carter on Friday. Carter will be showing Stewart the art of making a pop-up Christmas-tree lantern that can be used as a centerpiece. A 19-year Auburn resident, Carter said Wednesday that he filmed the segment in front of a live TV audience in Stewart’s 26th Street studio in Manhattan. It was Carter’s first appearance on national TV. He said the professionalism of the production staff made his time in front of the cameras relatively stress-free. Actual face-time with Stewart was minimized by production demands but she stood by and chatted with him as he created the paper-based centerpiece. “When she walked in and stood next to me, it was the first time I had spoken with her,” Carter said. Carter’s appearance, which also included a mention of his new book “White Noise: A Book for Children of All Ages,” was part of a holiday-gift-themed program. A guest slot on the show had been worked out with “Stewart Show” producers and Carter’s Simon & Schuster publicist over the past six months. Carter produced several designs that could fit into a seasonal theme before the tree lantern was chosen. Other than mistaking studios and initially walking into the building where “The Tyra Banks Show” is produced, Carter said things went smoothly. “The people on the show are so incredibly professional,” Carter said. Claire Danes, promoting her new movie “Me and Orson Welles,” also makes an appearance on Friday’s telecast. But with separate green rooms for each guest, Carter said their paths didn’t cross. “White Noise” is the final volume in Carter’s five-part Blue Dot series. Over his career, he’s created more than 80 pop-up books. His first big seller was “How Many Bugs in a Box?” This past fall, about 60 of his free-form, kinetic paper sculptures went on display at Roseville’s Blue Line Gallery. That display continues through Jan. 9, with Carter stopping by from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 19 for a special pre-Christmas book signing.