The Popular Edge, Pop-Up and Book Arts News

March 20, 2012

Books as Building Materials

Filed under: artist's books, books — Tags: , , , — popularkinetics @ 8:12 pm

Tunnel made of Books in Prague

Traditionally, the book has been both a container of information and a physical object. With the advent of digital technology that has changed, and today some books exist only in electronic form. But physical books are still part of our world, and some artists are using them as raw material for their own expressive pieces in the fields of art and architecture. The weburbanist site has mounted a small show of twelve artists’ bookworks at various scales. We love the idea of buildings made of books, while the smaller-scale sculptural pieces are also both jarring and thought provoking. Visit the show for more images of the works by clicking here.

Building made of Books in Nova Scotia, exteriorBuilding made of Books in Nova Scotia, interior

December 8, 2011

Harry Potter and Ravenna’s Runway Magic

Filed under: art classes, books, crafts — Tags: , , , , — popularkinetics @ 9:36 pm

Can’t live without the Hogwarts’ wizardry in your Harry Potter books ? How about wearing it? Ravenna Osgood, a young, hip designer in New Mexico, has been winning prizes for her fashions in Santa Fe’s Recycled Arts Festival for years. This time around she’s concocted a wearable book, literally, crafting her dress from J.K. Rowling’s now-classic texts. She’s proven herself a fashion magician with found materials ranging from coffee bags to credit cards. For more pictures of Ravenna and the Recycled Arts event, go to http://recyclesantafe.org/2009winners.htm

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