Sue Blackwell is known for her ability to bring books to life through sculpture, literally constructing famous literary scenes out of the pages that make them up. But you can’t quite call her a “book carver.” Instead of carving images out of a book’s insides (as has become a rather popular hobby for reading enthusiasts over the past decade), she actually creates 3D scenery by “popping” the images up from the pages they inhabit.
Sticking with many of the classics, check out Blackwell’s work for depictions of Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, and many other favorite fairy tales. You can even purchase some of her artwork off of her website, adding a true “pop-up” book to your own personal library. Kids shouldn’t be able to have all the fun, right?
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London illustrator Lizzy Stewart‘s work simply screams “use me in a book.” Her playful style is reminiscent of a storybook, and her cover art, both commissioned and personal, show off that unique flair. From Love in the Time of Cholera to childhood classics like The Secret Garden, Stewart has a knack for capturing the essence of each novel without compromising her style. Above, a selection of some of our favorites.
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Equipped with a keen design style, Photoshop and a love of period pieces, Tumblr user mmorrow is currently working on the modern equivalent of a full illustrated manuscript. An incredible undertaking indeed, with spectacular results. Her subject? Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid. Her work combines the void-like qualities of shadow puppet theater with a clearly well informed sense of architectural and otherwise decorative style. She draws from both 18th-19th century Northern European architectural and design styles, and from the traditions of Islamic manuscript art, with its focus on defining and filling space with detailed architecture and embellishment to make the depiction of the human (or in this case non-human) form unnecessary.
There is a balance in the empty spaces of her figures and the innate spacial quality of architecture that leaves a place for the reader within the pages of the manuscript itself. Mmorrow clearly knows her subject matter as well as her medium, which could only be made greater by being in full print form.
The plan is for this project to eventually be printed as a finished book, with 170 full manuscript pages. The rest of the images to date can be found in the link above.
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