Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Arts & Culture

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

As some of the more die-hard Paperblanks fans may know, we've recently begun adding edge decoration to some of our books. Edge decoration or fore-edge painting, for those who don't know, is the decoration of the edges of the...
Here at Paperblanks we’re obviously fascinated by old world book-making and binding techniques – but this is something completely different! 70 small books with lead pages and wire binding were found in a cave in Jordan that could date...
At Paperblanks we love books and movies; so we asked our staff what their favourite bookshops on screen are.  In this new blog series we’ll show you the bookshops we found in some of our favourite movies. In Funny...
Previously we talked about the recent rise of typewriter-nostalgic revivalists. As we reported at the time, the typewriter has a bit of strange allure for this group, which is populated by many “first time users” who “grew up on...
Amazing art world news this week: The Prado Museum in Madrid has uncovered a replica of the Mona Lisa that was painted by one of Leonardo Da Vinci's pupils "at precisely the same time he was painting the original."...
Oh, the things you can do with physical books. In previous posts we covered book origami (word sculptures created from books) and literary jewelery (rings and bracelets fashioned from the pages of famous literary works), and now we want to...
British artist Su Blackwell works predominantly within the realm of paper. Best known for constructing delicate sculptures from the pages of books, she uses the ephemeral qualities of paper to represent feelings of wonder and melancholy. Many of her...
This Friday, June 21st is an important day here in Vancouver – and across our country and world – for many reasons. Notably, it is recognized as both International Day of Yoga and Indigenous Peoples Day.
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...
Weird bit of trivia about Ernest Hemingway: Approximately 50 direct descendants of the six-toed cats the famed author lived with in the 1930's still live in his Key West home today. Hemingway loved cats -  indeed, he claimed they...