A blog for creative types interested in the (un)conventional world of Book Arts! Posts here will feature artist's books, illustration, book binding, typography, sketch-booking, scrap-booking, print-making, paper making, altered books, how to guides, zines, paper engineering and more! Feel free to submit your own work, thoughts around the subject, or even just inspiration new and old.
What at first look like delicate works of carved porcelain are actually thousands of layers of soft white paper, carved into busts, skulls, and human forms by Beijing artist Li Hongbo. A book editor and designer, the artist became fascinated by traditional Chinese toys and festive decorations known as paper gourds made from glued layers of thin paper which can be stored flat but then opened to reveal a flower or other shape. He applied the same honeycomb-like paper structure to much larger human forms resulting in these highly flexible sculptures. Hongbo recently had a solo show at Dominik Mersch Gallery in Australia who made the videos above, and you can see much more of his work on their website.
Paperman by Disneyis a wordless tale of romance between two strangers in mid-century New York City, the movie is a simple construct, supremely well-rendered, and in black-and-white, except for a few crucial blotches of red lipstick. It may, in its modest way, point towards a new frontier in animation, where computer-generated visuals are brought face to face with old-style hand-drawing, because it uses both at once. (Source:The Telegraph)
This one of a kind blank book is created from real, vintage, Bingo cards and reprinted illustrations from a vintage children’s primer.
It is filled with a variety of fun papers to write or draw on. This includes 100% recycled banana and cigar papers, 30% recycled Strathmore drawing paper, a selection of ruled and grided papers, as well as vintage papers from discarded library books. The cover is lined with a “this book belongs to” page, and also includes a little library pocket for tucking treasures into.
(Read about the process of how to make this book here!)