Book Art: 3 Visual Artists Using Books in Wholly Unexpected Ways

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It has been a while since our last Book Art post and it turns out that we have a lot of catching up to do! Instead of profiling just one artist this time, here are three diverse and exciting artists who are doing incredibly unexpected things with books as their medium of choice.

1) Jeremy May

With his Littlefly jewellery line, Jeremy May has created wearable “literary jewels” by transforming book pages into entirely unique rings, bracelets and other fashionable accessories.

2) Thomas Allen

Inspired by pop-up books and his childhood View-Master, Thomas Allen takes pulp fiction paperbacks and mid-century novels and brings the story to the surface, turning them into three-dimensional scenes.

Image and Photograph by Thomas Allen Via: TwisterSifter

Image and Photograph by Thomas Allen
Via: Twister Sifter

3) Long-Bin Chen

East meets West in Long-Bin Chen’s large-scale heads (often depicting Buddha) crafted from old phone books.

BONUS: Brian Dettmer’s TEDTalk

If you’re not sure how you feel about books being carved up in the name of art, watch Brian Dettmer’s TEDTalk for insight into what inspires him as a book artist.

And Be Sure to Check Out these Other Inspiring Book Artists We’ve Profiled!

Jonathan Safran Foer – “Tree of Codes”
Mike Stilkey – Painted Book Sculptures
Paul Octavious – Stacked Books
Jacqueline Rush Lee – Paper Chromascapes
Susan Hoerth – Edgar Allan Poe Pop-Ups
Su Blackwell – Book Sculptures
Robert The – Book Guns
Ekaterina Panikanova – 3D Murals
Emma Taylor – From Within a Book
Nina Katchadourian – Sorted Book Clusters
Brian Dettmer – Carved Book Art
Guy Laramée – Carved Book Landscapes
David Kracov, Thomas Wightman, Jodi Harvey-Brown and Alex Querel

About Paperblanks®: At Paperblanks®, we believe that art should have a place in all aspects of life. That’s why we follow the artist’s way in everything we do – creating, crafting and releasing designs we believe have the power to touch people. For more about Paperblanks®, go to our website at paperblanks.com.

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