Last weeks post.

Su Blackwell

“These works can be seen as metaphors for language. I use non traditional art materials such as books and clothes to create work which evokes a sense of dreamy melancholy or magical enchantment”.

When I saw the pictures of her work I was filled with child like wonder. It puts a whole new spin on pop up books from childhood. The craftsmanship is so dainty and beautiful I couldn’t help but include her in my rather long list of book artists who I admire.

 

http://decor8blog.com/2008/08/18/artistic-inspiring-altered-books/

http://www.sublackwell.co.uk/

 

Randi Parkhurst

His work is varied and bold. My two favorites are very different works but have so much life. The book made out of a wood box just touched a part of me that loves old and decaying things. It reminds me of history and nature. The second is a brightly colored very technical stack of boxes, bound pamphlets, and books. I just love the tiny stitching and vibrant colors. The technical side inthralls me because it’s something I have a hard time with. I wish I could accomplish technical book binding with such beauty. I have too much chaos in me to make something so neat and precise.

http://archive.blisstree.com/live/book-artist-randi-parkhurst-150/

 

Tamar Stone

I was thrilled and blown away by this book artist. It runs along those murky lines of what people think a book should be. I love the idea of making a bed into a book, or my particular favorite, a vintage corset into a book about the women who would have worn one. It is incredibly interesting and beautiful at the same time. It captured my attention and got the creative juices flowing.

http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/2009/09/the-incredible-art-of-tamar-stone/

http://web.mac.com/picturetown/public_html/Home.html

 

Guy Laramee

My jaw dropped when I saw his work. It is absolutely surreal and breath taking. Making books into mountains and caves, how wondrous. He makes it look so real that it’s just inspirational. I love the idea of books transforming into something else, especially nature. The books become so grand and majestic like a mountain should be.

http://www.visualnews.com/2011/12/22/mountains-of-books-become-mountains/

http://www.guylaramee.com/

 

Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord

I have a great fondness for her work. I think it has to do with my obsession with both nature and decay. I love the decay of a city and nature. Things that are run down or falling apart appeal to me. I find I am always drawn to it. Some might find it a little strange.

http://endicottstudio.typepad.com/endicott_redux/environmental_arts/

http://www.susangaylord.com/artwork.html

 

two others worth mentioning are

Wood Book by Lexi Hayman and

Edge Painting by Louisa Boyd.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisaboyd/

 

I found both beautiful and inspiring. The leaf book obviously because of my obsession with decaying nature and the other edge painting because of its simple beauty. I love the idea of painting on the edges of the pages.

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