Nicoletta is a designer and cross-stitcher extraordinaire. On her blog Nikys Creations, she says that it's all about Primitive cross-stitch and more! Well part of the more is her beautiful paper craft.
I am fascinated by the different page colours of creamy white, when I stack uncovered books, and so I love what she has done with them in with her beautiful stacked Sedimentals Range. How inspiring to hear that: "I am 100% a hand tool gal and have no heavy equipment except an old copy
press that I occasionally use as a book press. I love my bone and
teflon folders, Olfa knife and scalpel and my sewing awl, and mostly
make non-adhesive bindings with exposed stitching on the spine – both
contemporary and historical."
Erin is a passionate bookbinder herself, and her insightful interview of talented Jody is well worth a read
The Kunstbibliothek is an art library in Berlin, specialising in the literature of the history of art. Since the 2nd of August, they have been hosting an exhibition in the foyer called Bestbooks.
"The exhibition presents various artists and the differing artistic
approaches that they represent in how to conceive of the artist's book
as an art form in its own right. ... The chosen artists
refashion, rupture, and add to the book as a medium. For them, the book
acts as a container for a carefully selected succession of sheets, with
each one evolving from the other" Staatliche Museen du Berlin Some of the artists exhibiting their work include: Lutz Fritsch Paul
Halloran Katharina Hinsberg Pia Niewöhner Norbert Prangenberg Michel
Sauer Nora The entrance is Free and the exhibition will run until Sun 13th October.
South African Artist Wim Botha has prepared an incredible work of carved books for the Venice Biennale. This major contemporary art fair began in 1895 and happens every other (odd-numbered) year.
The show is open now and will run until the 24th November. The Exhibition in the South African Pavilion is entitled Imaginary Fact and includes Wim's installation - Study for the Epic Mundane. The books are bolted together, sculpted and suspended. I love the different shades of white and cream, with the grey-black of the print showing through.
In response to loads of interest, we
will be posting some tutorials on the art of book folding or
of the simplest folds is the barrel roll Start with a paperback that
has a flexible glued spine. Choose a book of 200 - 250 pages.[100-125 actual sheets of paper]. Remove the outside cover. Lay the book down flat and count 5 pages. Roll the pages towards the spine.
them in as close to the spine as possible, then repeat with the next 5
pages and so on. Always work in the same direction.
This post is not about paper art at all. It's about not having paper to create with. I was struck by this fact when we visited the Vooortrekker monument in Pretoria last weekend. The museum at the base of the monument houses many historic day-to-day artifacts of those migrants in the early to mid 1800s.
This black board was one of them. Used for schooling children because of the scarcity of paper.
Some diaries and bibles on display at the museum show that writing on paper was a beautiful and intentional art.
All of this is thought provoking, as a technological society we hint at being paperless again, but probably use more paper than ever. The Great Trek(Afrikaans: Die Groot Trek) was an eastward and north-eastward migration away from British control in the Cape Colony during the 1830s and 1840s by Boers (Dutch/Afrikaans for 'farmers') The migrants were descended from settlers from western mainland Europe, most notably from the Netherlands, northwest Germany and French Huguenots.
When I first entered the world of book art, I thought it would last for about 2 months. I made a trip to my local charity store and bought 3 copies of the same book. The saleslady kindly alerted me to the fact that they were the same book, but I told her I was not going to read them, I was going to fold them! Ohh... Mmm...
I did fold the books, and place them in a bowl on my coffee table. I thought they would make a nice conversation piece, and then I would chuck them out when they got old and dusty after a month or two. Little did I know just how many hundreds of books would be transformed because of this. I wrote a blog post about my first attempts in May 2008 and in September of the same year, I wrote an article on the subject for Elle Decoration Since then, my own home has been decorated with numerous versions of book art, or bibliogami as I like to call it, and I have sold book art through my Freshly Found store, and supplied the Shaw Sisters too. I hardly read books. I am more of a doer. But I have grown to know and love them intimately. The various page thicknesses, grains of paper, bendiness of spines, yellowing of pages and my favourite - the 'bookmarks' that are left behind.