Ephemera bookwork: woodcut, polymer relief, letterpress / 10 x 6 folded, opens to 10 x 42 in.
Inspired by the natural world as well as her Nebraskan heritage, artist Karen Kunc explores “issues of the eternal life struggle, of endurance and vulnerability, growth and destruction.“ Through her search for meaning, Kunc builds complex . . . → Read More: Artist books by Karen Kunc
Artist Keri Muller gives books “another chance to tell a story.” Splaying them open into fan-like shapes, Muller mounts clusters of books together to form a chicken, a taxidermied animal head, even the continent of Africa!
Read and see more about Muller’s sources of inspirations on her blog Simple Intrigue.
. . . → Read More: Old books turned into wall art by Keri Muller
Flat Globe Cutting Book Series “Wall Coverings” Cuts on a book 10 x 14 inches 2006
Artist Noriko Ambe plumbs the depths of books. Using an x-acto knife, she carves out new terrains from open pages creating mountains and canyons of dizzying depths and heights.
Although Ambe is known for carving out geographies from . . . → Read More: Cutting book work by Noriko Ambe
“Every book is a tragedy for trees. Read ebooks.”
The above quote was part of an advertising campaign for iReader which also produced these amazing paper sculptures. In these pieces, characters and scenes from a fairy tale spring from the pages of books. But it is not that simple. If you look closely, the . . . → Read More: Paper-crafted scenes from a fairy tale spring from the pages of a book
In the hands of artist Louise Richardson, old books and vintage photographs become animated with clusters of butterflies and birds. Richardson uses antique objects in combination with delicate wildlife creatures to convey the fragility and transcience of life.
Describing her work, the artist writes, “I am currently looking at the idea of memory and identity, . . . → Read More: Birds and butterflies in the work of Louise Richardson
For a Masters of Arts dissertation at the Royal College of Art (London), Kia Utzon-Frank created a string book which examines the “Nature of Procrastination.” Utzon-Frank decomposes procrastination into five states – Efficient Work, Procrastination, Active Procrastination, Breaks and Interruption. Each state is assigned a different colored thread, and is stitched on and through . . . → Read More: A string book by Kia Utzon-Frank
Book artist Pam Langdon breathes new life into unwanted books. Folded and rolled, the pages from each book create an overall form which exudes movement and energy. I love the way she displays her pieces in boxes as if they were natural specimens.
In her artist’s statement, Langdon writes, “Casting shadows of their previous lives, they . . . → Read More: Book-based art by Pam Langdon
UK based artist Phiona Richards uses traditional needlework techniques like crochet and embroidery to build these unique book-based sculptures.
On her website, Richards writes, “Having been brought up with a ‘make do and mend’ mentality I tend to collect and gather materials including books near the end of their existence and regenerate them into pleasing tactile structures . . . → Read More: Crocheted book sculptures by Phiona Richards
“Atlas” pages from an old book
“Atlas” pages from an old book
In ‘Between Folds,’ London based artist Francisca Prieto constructs low-relief paper sculptures from old maps, books, envelopes, and other paper ephemera. From her website, she writes that this series “brings together many of her passions and explores the deconstruction of rare illustrated . . . → Read More: ‘Between Folds’ low-relief paper constructions by Francisca Prieto
Clinton, Iowa based artist Kate Callan created this lovely handbound book. Pulling colored string through each page of the book, Callan forms 3-dimensional geometric structures on each page.
Describing the project, the artist writes, “PULL contains eight explorations of hand made string formations when fully open. Some strings continue through the pages making it impossible . . . → Read More: “Pull” a handmade book of strings by Kate Callan