Book sculpture by Alexander Korzer-Robinson

The artist, Alexander Korzer-Robinson from Bristol got an amazing job – he upcycle antique books into a real piece of art called book statues. He states: “Through my work in the tradition of collage I am pursuing the very personal obsession of creating narrative scenarios in small format. Using antiquarian books, makes the work at the same time an exploration and a deconstruction of nostalgia.

We create our own past from fragments of reality in a process that combines the willful aspects of remembering and forgetting with the coincidental and unconscious.

On a general level, I aim to illustrate this process that forms our inner landscape.

By using pre-existing media as a starting point, certain boundaries are set by the material, which I aim to transform through my process. Thus, an encyclopedia can become a window into an alternate world, much like lived reality becomes its alternate in remembered experience. These books, having been stripped of their utilitarian value by the passage of time, regain new purpose. They are no longer tools to learn about the world, but rather a means to gain insight about oneself.

 I make book sculptures / cut books by working through a book, page by page, cutting around some of the illustrations while removing others. In this way, I build my composition using only the images found in the book.”

“The work with imagination starts when I start to chose the right book for the statue. The next step, after I found the right book, is to plan what exactly I want to create on a base of this book. I am not trying to limit my imagination anyhow and trying to record any thoughts, ideas and associations which comes along during that proceedure.”

His exhibition you can find all around the Europe and US and during this year there is a large exhibition in Switzerland.

Upcycled Books

Yes, it’s definitely makes the life easier with ebook… but its hard not to fall in love with it! The following few artists are just great at making simple things really beautiful
The first one is Brian Dettmer, he was a reason and inspiration for this post:) Dettmer manipulates the pages and spines to form the shape of his sculptures. He also folds, bends, rolls,
and stacks multiple books to create completely original sculptural forms.

Brian Dettmer 
“My work is a collaboration with the eaxisting material and its past creators and the completed pieces expose new relationships of the book’s internal elements exactly where they have been since their original conception,” he says.
Guy Laramee

Guy Laramee, an interdisciplinary artist, is best known for transforming the edges of vintage dictionaries, hardbacks, and encyclopedias into meticulously detailed landscapes with plateaus, temples, mountains, and valleys.

Guy Laramee

Jeremy May has captured the beauty of paper via a unique laminating process. Littlefly paper jewellery is made by laminating hundreds sheets of paper together, then carefully finishing to a high gloss. The paper is selected and carefully removed from a book, and the jewellery re-inserted in the excavated space.

Jeremy May
Jeremy May
And at last a book-carpet by Pamela Paulsrud

Pamela Paulsrud
Pamela Paulsrud

Upcycling has a large range for creativity and can be sooo differently beautiful:)