Arts & Culture

What’s happening in the wider world of art and culture.

At Paperblanks we love books and movies, so we asked our staff about their favourite onscreen bookshops.  In this new blog series we’ll show you the bookshops we found in some of our favourite movies. In Eternal Sunshine of the...
The debate over the most beautiful bookstore continues, as a new contender has been long-listed. The latest entry, Livraria Lello & Irmão located in Porto, Portugal, features a façade decorated in the Art Nouveau style with Neo-Gothic elements. The façade...
A polarizing historical figure, Napoleon Bonaparte (1769–1821) is both feared and revered. For the 250th anniversary of his birth, we are honouring this French statesman and military leader with a new Special Edition journal. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=736uJ1cAly0&w=560&h=315] Available only in select European...
Every Paperblanks® book is inspired by world art and culture, by traditional craft and practice, and by visionaries, rebels and artists across the ages. Paperblanks Stories is a blog series about the origins behind some of our designs. Part of...
Texas-based artist Susan Hoerth collects pieces from her travels around the world and uses them to bring new life to books. Each piece that Susan designs includes “a mixture of the discarded and forgotten ordinary moments in everyday life.” Susan...
Nobel Prize–winning literary modernist T.S. Eliot would have celebrated his 125th birthday today, and though he has long since passed his legacy remains very much alive to this day. Even if you profess not to love poetry, there is...
Tomorrow is Mary Shelley’s birthday, and we’ve decided to fête the famous author by getting a head start on Hallowe’en and defending the top five misunderstood monsters in literature. Mary Shelley, the daughter of feminist philosopher Mary Wollstonecraft, wrote...
The printed word and exquisite illustrations combine to make the Gutenberg Bible the greatest celebrity in the history of book arts. Forty-nine copies of the two-volume Latin Bible are extant. In the 15th century Johannes Gutenberg in Mainz invented...
Contrary to the popular saying "never judge a book by its cover" a lot of people will pick their next read based on the design on the front.  The popular great American novel The Great Gatsby has had more...
This week in Better Know an Art Movement we've got something that represented "new freedoms and a release from constraint" -- Art Nouveau! Born out of the Spirit of Reform, Rebellion and Freedom Similar to William Morris' Arts and Crafts movement...

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