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Storybook Benches Bring Literacy to the Streets of London

Monday 07.07.2014 , Posted by
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The National Literacy Trust and Wild in Art have combined their wonderful powers to fill the streets of London with storybooks. Or, storybook benches. Which is basically just as nice. [Read more...]

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The “Inspiration Pad” Turns the Classic Blue-Lined Notebook Upside Down

Thursday 06.12.2014 , Posted by
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When working with a classic ruled notebook, drawing outside the lines takes serious willpower. Marc Thomasset, founder of Brussels-based design and advertising studio TM is changing that with his “New Inpiration Pad”. After turning the first page, those tightly packed horizontal lines take inspired swoops, form topographical contours, or loop into geometric forms. This is one book that encourages writing/drawing/doodling just how you like. [Read more...]

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The Drinkable Book: More Than a Good Read, It Has 4 Years of Clean Water in its Pages

Monday 05.19.2014 , Posted by
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The problem with contaminated drinking water in poor regions of the world isn’t ignorance of an issue. The problem is education and access when it comes to a solution.

Charity group WATERisLIFE aims to fix that… with a book.  [Read more...]

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If Your Apartment Smells of Rich Mahogany, Stay Classy With These Leather-Bound Books

Wednesday 03.26.2014 , Posted by
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Lovers of literature, rejoice! There is an Etsy store called Studio42Books where you can buy leather slip covers for your favorite novels. The artist behind the covers is photographer Alan Klem. He creates the cover designs on a computer, then sends the programs to a laser engraver to etch the images and cut the shape of the cover along with the rivet holes. Next he stains the pieces with leather stain and rivets it all together and voila, the perfect slip cover for display on your bookshelves. Based out of Toledo, Ohio, Klem started this project to pay the bills while he is getting his photography business off the ground, and learn his way around the laser engraver a little better. [Read more...]

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When Classic Books Fall Apart, Sarah Pounder Transforms Them Into Art: Upcycled Brooches

Tuesday 03.18.2014 , Posted by
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If you’re a lover of literature, throwing a book away might break your heart, especially a classic, but great books that have been read over and over again do start to fall apart over the decades. London based craft artist, Sarah Pounder offers the perfect solution, up-cycling classic literature into adorable brooches, with shapes and text that easily identify what book the words came from. With a reclaimed wood backing, several coats of varnish, and a steel pin attached, the brooches are a perfect keepsake. A pig for Charlotte’s Web, a mouse for Of Mice and Men, and a Mockingbird for To Kill a Mockingbird, are just some of the brooches available in her Etsy shop. With a degree in book arts, that she hadn’t been using as she worked in bars and theaters, a death in the family inspired Sarah Pounder to stop waiting for her dream job and create her own. She combined all of her passions and took a risk to open her own business and has now become a success story. [Read more...]

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“I Could Have Painted That” – This “Children’s Book” is a Perfect Satire of Modern Art

Friday 02.28.2014 , Posted by
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If there’s one thing in need of good satire, it’s the modern art museum. Thankfully writer and artist Miriam Elia was up for the task, and she’s created an absolute gem. Her book, We Go to the Gallery, mirrors the famous Ladybird Book line published as children’s books in Britain from the ‘40s to the ‘70s… but this edition might be a little more suited for adults… [Read more...]

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We’ve Got You Covered: People Matching Their Bodies to Book Covers

Thursday 02.27.2014 , Posted by
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For anyone who adores books, this is one way to get far closer to those literary loves. Working a Thursday night at Skylight Books in LA, Emily Pullen grabbed a book and matched her body to the figure on the cover. Her friends and co-workers joined in, matching each of their bodies more or less perfectly with those on the books – everything from faces and eyeballs, to punching fists and flexing muscle men. It was addictive. [Read more...]

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A Very Rare Book Opens 6 Different Ways, Reveals 6 Different Books

Friday 01.24.2014 , Posted by
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Book binding has seen many variations, from the iconic Penguin paperbacks to highly unusual examples like this from late 16th century Germany. It’s a variation on the dos-à-dos binding format (from the French meaning “back-to-back”). Here however, the book opens six different directions, each way revealing a different book. It seems that everyone has a tablet or a Kindle tucked away in their bag (even my 90 year old grandma), and so it sometimes comes as a surprise to remember the craftsmanship that once went along with reading. [Read more...]

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Beautiful Journalistic Pop-Up Books by Colette Fu: Capturing the Diversity of China’s Southwest Yunnan Province

Tuesday 11.12.2013 , Posted by

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For the past 6 years Colette Fu has been photographing the minorities of China’s Southwest Yunnan province, capturing the unique cultures of the region and recreating them in a beautiful way: pop-up books. No, these aren’t your kid’s pop-ups, her creations weave together the complexities of life in 3D form. Her latest series We are Tiger Dragon People 我們是虎 captures local festivals and culinary tastes, popular legends and the weave of local clothing, all with her densely collaged style. It’s the perfect form to represent such a colorfully diverse culture, and it’s all done with a delightfully mature, journalistic eye. [Read more...]

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Leanne Shapton Recreates Iconic Film Moments with Watercolor in “Sunday Night Movies”

Thursday 10.24.2013 , Posted by

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Sometimes learning the back story of a piece of art can be disappointing to the viewer, but Leanne Shapton’s explanation behind her new book “Sunday Night Movies” is completely satisfying.

“Sunday Night Movies” is a compilation of watercolor paintings Shapton created as part of a larger series “A Month of…” back in 2011. In a piece for the New Yorker, Shapton explained how the series only made sense to her really after she stepped back and viewed it after. [Read more...]

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