Letters Can Be Images, Too

When I took Typography at UB, it was probably the first time since I learned to read that I looked at letters as shapes, rather than visual sounds. Merrill Shatzman seems to have taken the same class, or at least a class with the same philosophy toward the artistry of our familiar Arabic characters, because her beautiful artist books all play on letters as images.

Calligraffiti 3, for example, is a lovely, busy, intricate-looking book that has so much fun with the gracefulness of letters–and it’s made from accordion fold! In fact, almost all of her artist books are accordion fold:

The above book is Letter Recognition–we were playing around with this shape in class! Shatzman mentions that readers have the chance to see the pages as traditional 2-page spreads or as one long piece, which is fun.

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