Soft Cover Book Artist: Ulrike Grannis

I came across several talented, soft cover book artists while browsing the internet. I also discovered a few sites honoring these unique artisans and their passion for continuing to bring the world luminous and tactile works of art. This one, in particular, was very helpful:

http://berkshireartkitchen.com/books-by-artists/

A book-maker that stood out to me was Ulrike Grannis. She is a native of Germany, though currently living in England. What I enjoyed most about her pieces were the often whimsical combinations of color. Her style is distinctive because she makes her own paper using a technique called marbleization.

I have attempted to marble paper in the past (although with less professional art supplies, i.e. shaving cream and food coloring) It’s a very interesting process because in the end there is always the element of surprise, the chance that it will turn out better than you could have ever imagined. I love the idea of being able to surprise yourself with your own art!

                                                     

Along with the beautiful paper Grannis creates, I also love the way her books look when they are constructed. They are tactile and rough, they invite me into the process of their creation even in their completion. Each page has a different story to tell. For me, some pieces were reminiscent of childhood, and that’s always a good thing in my book:) Here are some pictures of her finished books:

       

Here is a link to a very interesting article about Grannis and her element/habits/talent as well!

 

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