Friday, September 27, 2013

Art Made From Books

If you want a book that will inspire you, please check out Art Made from Books:  Altered, Sculpted, Carved, Transformed, compiled by Laura Heyenga.  It is absolutely titillating.  (I believe some of the same work is also represented in 500 Paper Objects: New Directions in Paper Art by Gene McHugh.) 

Once I discovered Art Made from Books, I realized that Oprah was a bit ahead of me and mentioned it on her website with this review:
Books take on a whole new life in Laura Heyenga's anthology of groundbreaking artists who've stitched, sliced, cut and carved bound literature to create anything from an intricate chess set to a huge area rug to a literary jewelry collection. (Never fear: The artists use recycled or discarded books—that otherwise would end up in landfills!). In fact, the real joy of this book comes from discovering how each individual starts with the same item and yet ends up with vastly different works of art. 
No matter who found it when, it is well worth checking out of your library.  I'm perusing it on my Nook, checked out from the library.  But it just may be one of those books I'm going to have to buy.....

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