Yesterday I mentioned handmade books on my new floating shelves. These books were created from cardstock, thread, paper pulp, cereal boxes, Japanese paper, magazines, ribbon, wood accents, and of course- buttons. Most are functional art that later became a journal but some are almost sculpture.
This book was made with fiber paper, a vintage pattern, and ribbon.
The ribbon goes through the dress and ties the two covers closed and accessorizes the book.
This is a mixed media book, with wooden covers, accordion folded card stock and sewn 'pages' that have unexpected messages on the front and back.
This burnt orange book was made with ribbon, wood flower accents, scrap booking paper, Japanese paper, and recycled brown wrapping paper.
'Home' was created with blueprints, vinyl, scrap booking paper, and brown thread.
I am excited to see this art form is growing in its popularity and the wide possibilities of being able to create new books out of old books and any found object that you already have lying around the house. Since i was broke in college it really forced me to be clever in acquiring supplies, most that i got for free at a thrift store i worked at. The vinyl came from my mother who was reupholstering a retro chair, and most of the paper came from a bookstore on my college campus.Now that i am not living off ramon noodles and canned tuna, i still think it is smart to upcycle and give items new life. It’s more of a creative challenge to use what you already have than to run out and buy new supplies. I think that gives my books more charm and makes them worth displaying. I was able to be innovative by manipulating unusual materials for my books, and i challenge you to do the same.
Who ever said don't judge a book by its' cover? I dare you to.