For me as an artist I wonder from project to project, medium to medium but I always come back to book sculpting. The reason is because no two books turn out the same, also I love the fact I have no idea how these will turn out until they are finished.
The Victorian London Underworld Book.
I wanted to make this look like a old Victorian London streets. With some books I like to leave the images where they appear inside the book and sometimes I like to manipulate the images to create a story with in the book. This is what I have done with The Victorian Underworld Book. This book is from 1970’s, I flicked through to see what images were inside and look for a starting point to build my story around.
I have selected various images throughout the book that I want to use and begin to start cutting down through the pages to create different levels. When constructing sculptures I only have a rough I idea of how I want to make it look and the whole sculpture develops as the book is carved.
The book has now been carved, when working through it I wanted to give the concept of a small narrow crowed London St.
The Book now just needs stabilising and varnishing.
Broken fairy tale book.
W.I.P – ( work in progress)
Book Sculptures like any kind of sculpture an artist may do takes quite some time. I create all my book sculptures by hand, cutting one page at a time to reveal the images as I go. Some time the images fall in the perfect place and some times I need to move them around. I currently have two W.I.P’s.
These 2 books are an experiment as I have never tried to curve a books before.
This first book was damaged, pages missing, spine broken. I was just going to use the pages for biro art but wondered what I could actually do with it.
Which led me to see what I could do with a complete curve. I haven’t given up on this one but I haven’t progressed very far as there is a lack of images appearing. It may require quite a lot of manipulation.
I am available for commissions on books, if you have a certain kind of book that you would like to see turned into a book sculpture then please send us a message and we can discuss your requirements.