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May 6 2011

Can’t Do That With An eBook (part 2)

by Jesse M

After reading this recent post about the innovative uses discarded print books were being put to, I decided to delve further into the world of recycled book art and see what I could find. To my delight, I discovered a number of projects that really push the creative envelope by turning old books into works of art.

The first artist whose work we’ll examine is Jacqueline Rushlee, who transforms used books “into sculptures that explore and redefine the book as familiar object, medium, and archetypal form. By scrambling the formal arrangement of the book and transposing its material and conceptual qualities, I aim to create evocative art forms that suggest an alternative narrative.”

Another used book artist is Alexander Korzer-Robinson. His method of book sculpting involves going through the book page by page, cutting around some of the illustrations while removing others.

The third artist we’ll look at is Ryan Novelline, who has constructed a “storybook gown” entirely out of recycled and discarded golden children’s books. Scroll down past the halfway point to see pictures of the construction process!

The final book artist we’ll discuss is also a published author; Jonathan Foer, who is probably most well known for his award winning novel Everything is Illuminated (later adapted into a film starring Elijah Wood). Foer utilized the technique of die-cutting on an old book titled The Street of Crocodiles, in essence sculpting his own new narrative from the older story. You can see pictures and watch videos to learn more about the process by going here.

What other non-traditional, artistic uses have you seen books put to?

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