Duncan Birmingham lives in the UK. He studied art at the School of Expressive Arts, Sonoma State University in California and at Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design in London. His career in paper engineering began in 1984 with a fortuitous hitchhiking ride. In 2014, in collaboration with filmmaker Jane Clegg, he started The Pop-Up Channel on YouTube – a steadily expanding compendium of pop-up tutorials which explain a wide variety of paper mechanisms and showcases examples of their use in pop-up books.
Before discovering the world of pop-ups Duncan’s other experiences include a variety of jobs – writing occasional newspaper travel articles; digging on archaeological excavations; backstage crew in London's West End theatres; milking cows and keeping bees on a dairy farm; also factory work and painting houses. As an illustrator he produced the popular children’s puzzle book “M is for Mirror”. Duncan’s other great passion has always been travel – long overland journeys to iconic and legendary places in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and the Americas.