Inside a book

Inside every book there is a story. Seems logical, right? But what happens when that story comes to life? The words become images, the feelings acquire profound expression. They become pure magic as inside the wild imagination of a child. Scary trees of dark forests start to raise from the pages, lovers try to reach each other, weird creatures start to live… Like an architecture of thoughts. Brick by brick, page by page, word by word to build a fantasy.

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The weird and amazing book sculptures of Su Blackwell  are exquisite works of art,  depicting with a sensitive touch the melancholic realms of a lost world, the childhood and the illusions of our life: shaking dreams and ambitions. Every fairy tale, every strange creature or magical place come to life from fragile paper to survive in a perishable world.

“Paper has been used for communication since its invention; either between humans or in an attempt to communicate with the spirit world. I employ this delicate, accessible medium and use irreversible, destructive processes to reflect on the precariousness of the world we inhabit and the fragility of our life, dreams and ambitions.” Sue Blackwell



Brian Dettmer and his amazing book carvings could leave anyone speechless… Like a surgeon making an autopsy, Brian gets his hands and mind into a book and brings them back not to a simple boring life, but to a new, dynamic, vital, enchanting one. Embellishing their existence and value in this world through an usual talent.

“I begin with an existing book and seal its edges, creating an enclosed vessel full of unearthed potential. I cut into the cover of the book and dissect through it from the front. I work with knives, tweezers and other surgical tools to carve one page at a time, exposing each page while cutting around ideas and images of interest. Nothing inside the books is relocated or implanted, only removed. Images and ideas are revealed to expose a book’s hidden, fragmented memory. The completed pieces expose new relationships of a book’s internal elements exactly where they have been since their original conception.”


History, science, geography, mathematics and more – a knowledge that books carry with them. The expression of human evolution and thoughts is completed by this strange art – folding the past, present and future. Another artist who plays with paper is Nicholas Jones. He gave an interview for The Design Files some time ago concerning his work. You can find it here along with many other pictures.

“These books were conceived, born, loved, stored, discarded, found anew, studied, cut, folded and reborn” (Bibliopath)

Book sculptures studio


Rachael Ashe makes some colorful artworks out of old books. Lively colors, butterflies, smell of spring, a rainbow of cherry blossoms, alchemy and dreaming. Who could even imagine that there were only simple books once?


Hubertus Gojowczyk goes for the creepy with “Latest News from the Year 1732 and 1733″… Pretty expensive work of art also. At first, I thought it was photoshoped.

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Cara Barer curls up the pages like the flowing hair waves of a maiden.

“I have changed a common object into sculpture in a state of flux.”


With more than ten years of exhibitions in the name of the books and their souls, Robert The gives the deep meaning with perfect cuts.

A weapon sculpted from “The Art Crisis” – art as a weapon or death for art? What do you think?


Who is Olafur Eliasson ? A danish artist who carved his home by laser onto the pages of a white book.

Dreams, paper, new technologies and architecture in just a book.


New folding concept, new materials, new books… another kind of reading, another kind of book art. Hedi Kyle has brought some amazing innovations in the world of books. She has spent her life inventing alternative book structures like Flag Book, the Spider Book, the Blizzard Book taking bookbinding to a new level.

Hedi Kyle, Soap Opera, 2009, Via Michener Museum

Flagbook, Photograph by Paul Warchol.

I often envision the flag book as a movable screen to define space. Light and shadow capture my interest. At Penland I came across pieces of mica with inherent markings. They were transformed into this flag book. One day I hope to commission a similar but much larger structure.


Anagram Bookshop in Prague promote themselves through “words create worlds”, two amazing images that bring to life the hidden stories.

Via BibliOdyssey

If you enjoy crafting and if you would like to give a new life to your old books, I found something that might help:

Irina Alexandra is a young entrepreneur and architect, with a passion for miracles and weirdness of life.

She has been writing articles on Weirdomatic for the last 7 years in a search for all the amazing things we tend to ignore.

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2 Responses to “Inside a book”

  1. Wow… these are all amazing pics.. Thanx for sharing.

  2. Ohhhhhh, simply wonderful. Magical.

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