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Artist Brian Dettmer Carves Old Books into Intricate Narrative Sculptures Brian Dettmer – Inhabitat - Green Design Will Save the World

Artist Brian Dettmer Carves Old Books into Intricate Narrative Sculptures Brian Dettmer – Inhabitat - Green Design Will Save the World
Most of Dettmer’s focus is on books, favoring out of date encyclopedias, medical journals, illustration books and dictionaries. He begins carving away arbitrarily at the pages, letting the images reveal themselves as he moves through his process. He seals the edges of the books to ensure precision, which also transforms the splayed edges to look like a smooth and sanded piece of wood. Carefully extracting bits and pieces, he creates a narrative within the books’ contents, revealing selected sentences and images. The spines are bent and contorted to juxtapose different sections of the books together. The resulting beautiful sculptures completely reinterpret the original intention of each book. Dettmer’s messages range from narrative to political, with spiral sculptures of butterflies from a lepidoptery journal, or a scene of layered illustrated animals from a children’s book. + Brian Dettmer

Books Transformed Into Visual Art - Green Diary Origami artists have been transforming paper into varied, visually striking works of art since centuries. However, an entirely different wagon of artists has stretched it across the paper and is creating the same magic with books. Had these books not been morphed into unusual artworks, you might have seen them bedecking some landfill, a ditch or a waste-bin. Who knows? Anyhow, after passing through some skilled hands, they have gotten more appealing than they were ever. Since seeing is believing, hit the jump to see a full list of book art awaiting your approval: Anagram Bookshop (Prague) promotional images from Kaspen deserve a glance for sure. Known as Robert The, the Kingston-based artist outshines all. Brian Dettemer is one of the masters of this weirdly green art. Casey Curran etches his art on books with a scissor. UK artist S. Lucille Moroni works with 19th century church books and missals to create art. Folded books by Denise Kiggan are just incredible!

Amazing Book Art of Robert The on DesignRulz They’re still books – only a bit changed. All these books were transformed into visual art, but still they’re books. American artist and a mathematician with a strange name, Robert The makes bizarre creations from books for many years. Book Paintings Posted on June 6, 2011 by saya A really great artist can create wonderful things almost anywhere – on walls, grounds, lips, eyelids, or on book pages. Look at these paintings from Mike Stilkey, I bet everyone would think of one same word “wow”. But wait, and imagine what will happen when these books fall apart onto the ground… Designer: Mike Stilkey

20 of the World's Most Beautiful Libraries - (beautiful libraries, amazing libraries...) For some people it’s castles with their noble history and crumbling towers, for others it’s abandoned factories or lost cities. But for those who enjoy reading, a huge beautiful library is a place of endless pleasure. Meet 20 of the biggest and most beautiful libraries around the globe, as presented by . You can find this and more fascinating pictures on Candida Hofer's book. Abbey Library St. Real Gabinete Portugues De Leitura, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil Trinity College LIbrary, AKA, The Long Room, Dublin, Ireland Melk Monastery Library, Melk, Austria Jay Walker's Private Library Rijkmuseum Library, Amsterdam Library of Parliament, Ottawa, Canada Strahov Monastery - Theological Library, Prague, Czech Republic Herzog August Library, Wolfenbüttel, Germany Biblioteca Geral University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal Wiblingen Monastary Library, Ulm, Germany Stiftsbibliothek Klosterneuburg, Klosterneuburg, Austria Central Library, Seattle Library of the Benedictine Monastery of Admont, Austria

Moleskine Sketches By Trevor Henry Pages from the Moleskine of Canadian illustrator and designer Trevor Henry. Trevor started sketches in late 2008 when he first discovered the wonder of the Moleskine sketchbook. See the rest at Trevor’s website or Behance. Find this post useful? Check out these: Gartenkulter Makes Poetic Pots From Recycled Books With the recent rise in popularity of electronic readers such as the Amazon Kindle and the Apple iPad, thoughts of “book extinction” have really seeped their way into design conversations. Italy-based Gartenkulter pays tribute to the tree with these beautiful planters made from old and disused books. By removing the heart of the book’s cover and pages and then creating a seal, the book becomes a home for a living and growing tree. “As each seed becomes a plant or tree, the book becomes a pot or cradle.” Although e-readers may offer environmental benefits over printed paper pulp, it’s undeniable that the thought of a world without “real” books creates an unpleasant emptiness in many hearts. There is just something wonderful about those bounded pages of paper inked in black and white print that decorate our shelves. + Gartenkulter Via Designerblog

Coolest Earth Day Craft Ideas Earth Day will be here in just a couple of weeks. In honor of Earth Day I thought I would scour the internet looking for cool ideas for Earth Day crafts. All of the crafts that I found and have listed here are made from recycled materials. Earth Day is a special day to celebrate the Earth and to increase awareness and appreciation of the Earth’s natural environment. And, I think making crafts from recycled materials such as the ones found here is a great way to teach children about recycling and the importance of doing that to help save our Earth. So, without further ado…. (1) Newspaper Roses Look how beautiful these Roses are? (2) Serving Tray I love, love, love this idea!! (3) Can-Do Robots Made from tin cans these robots are so freakin cute. (4) Cardboard Ottoman or Side Table What a clever and creative idea!! (5) Smashed Soda Can Animals Ok, this cow is really cute, isn’t he?! (6) Milk Jug Shade Now, this recycled craft turns out beautiful, doesn’t it? (7) Recycled Picnic Basket