November 20, 2010

Folded Page Book Art...

Today I finished a little project I have had in my head for a while. It took a lot of folding time, so I worked on it over several days. Using an old book to craft new art has always intrigued me. There are some beautiful examples that I found here, here, and here.  Martha Stewart had an article in Living with directions for folded page book sculptures. I used a few old books to practice (they look like these) and liked them well enough to "shelve" in my niche at the top of the stairway. Truth is, I liked the fact that they had red hardcovers and I needed that color there. There are many artists who also slice ,  dice and crumple their books into incredible distortion, that is impossible to resist. I am drawn to it all. My favorites are the works of Cara Barer, Jacqueline Rush Lee, Su Blackwell and Brian Dettmer.

 It is pretty intimidating stuff for sure. (above: Cara Barer, Su Blackwell)
Nevertheless, I gave it a shot and here is my creation.  I decided to use newspaper for the garland, flowers and leaves...there are slight bits of color.

Do you think this is something you would like to try?


  1. Bonjour,
    This is beautiful, yes I would like to try, but not sure I could pull it off. Thank you for coming by and following along. I am now a new follower and look forward to coming back to visit soon.
    Wishing you a good week,

  2. Yes! I want to make some Christmas decorations with book pages. Your lamp shade is beautiful.

  3. Very nice! Thanks for sharing. I've tried a couple of simple ones, but nothing too fancy.

  4. I'm amazed at how many things can be made with books and book pages! You did a great job on yours - fun idea to use the newspaper too.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. Wow,these are so interesting. I like them all, but it looks hard to do ... thanks for visiting.

  6. What an interesting concept! I like the idea and your final product. Btw is that a rock covered in crochet by the book? If so did you make it?


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