Category Archives: book

The Power of the Paperback by Todd Watts

The Power of the Paperback by Todd Watts - Charlotte's Web 'Charlotte's Web' - E. B. White

Todd Watts is a multidisciplinary communication designer from Melbourne, Australia, who developed skills across a multitude of disciplines from an early age. After having a few bouts of disconnected internet, Watts re-discovered his love for reading books, a path that led him to challenging himself in the art of papercraft by manipulating books of his favorite stories into surreal and imaginative works of art.

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New Hyperrealistic Topographic Landscapes Carved into Old Books by Guy Laramee

Guy Laramee Creates Hyperrealistic Topographic Landscapes Carved into Old Books - Arts de la Chine

We of course are all familiar with the absolutely stunning book sculptures that Guy Laramee has so meticulously carved in the past, here and here. These hyperrealistic, three dimensional landscapes are carved into disused knowledge, recycling discarded books and obsolete encyclopedias that are literally just waiting to be transformed into something wonderful. Laramee is able to do just that with his keen ability to refine each book, or layers of books, and capture the finer details of the valleys, towering mountains, and widespread deserts. His use of inks and pigments subtly amplifies those details, bringing each of these topographic landscapes to life.

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Carved Encyclopedias Transformed Into Dada-Inspired Sculptures

Carved Encyclopedias Transformed Dada-Inspired Sculptures

Originally from Chicago and now living and working in Atlanta, Brian Dettmer, aka the book surgeon, is known for his detailed and innovative sculptures with books and other forms of antiquated media and this wonderful series is his latest in Dada-inspired carved works. These sculptures are made from old encyclopedias, a medium nearing extinction, with their pages of data carved into intricate photomontages reminiscent of Dada artists like Hannah Hoch.

New Cut Paper Religious Rewritings by Meg Hitchcock

Meg Hitchcock Cut Paper Religious Rewritings

Brooklyn-based artist Meg Hitchcock has already wowed us in the past, with her incredible large scale illustrative pieces that incorporate meticulously weaving thousands of words letter by letter from the Koran to transcribe the Book of Revelation from the Christian New Testament. Her works are comprised of this underlying religious theme, dissecting the word of God, where she discourages the literal reading of the text by eliminating punctuation and spacing; a sentence from one text merges with a passage from another. Her newer works have began to take on more shape, forming a niqab or scarf from these letters, which are reconfigured from alternate texts such as the Bhagavad Gita, Book of Mormon and even the Kama Sutra.

Artist Creates Massive Altered Book Sculptures Coated in Wax

Artist Creates Massive Altered Book Sculptures Coated in Wax by Jessica Drenk - Reading Our Remains Carving

Interested in archeology and paleontology, South Carolina based artist Jessica Drenk transforms mass-produced commercial products such as books, PVC piping, and toilet paper into organic forms that resonate with their material origins. Drenk cuts and carves book sculptures into old volumes and transforms them into fossil-like structures that she coats with wax, leaving some of them smooth to the touch. The play between form and material draws a parallel between the archival impulses of books and archaeology, and posits a common fate for all objects. “On a long enough time scale, there is no difference between manmade and nature; in the life cycle of objects, everything eventually returns to the earth,” Drenk has said. Tactile and textural, her sculptures highlight the chaos and beauty that can be found in simple organic materials. Drenk’s work is also influenced by systems of information and the impulse to develop an encyclopedic understanding of the world.

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Artist Alexis Arnold Creates Crystalized Book Sculptures Frozen in Time

Artist Alexis Arnold Creates Crystalized Book Sculptures Frozen in Time

San Francisco based artist Alexis Arnold preserves old books into gorgeous crystallized sculptures frozen in time. This process involves an unlikely recipe using the laundry detergent, Twenty Mule Team Borax, to grow crystals on the various objects, but there are many household products that can be used to grow different types of crystals. These swirling, rolling, folded or crumpled books embody a solidified aesthetic, with text particularly surrounding themes of vineyards, beekeeping, and all around crafting.

Be a creator with Tamara Lise


Paper artist Tamara Lise is back with us again, but this time she needs your help to fulfill her Kickstarter campaign. Her goal is to finance and produce her first large body of work; which will be exhibited and distributed to a wide public as well as art professionals. This project is a natural progression of over 10 years of studies and passionate work.

'Be a creator with Tamara Lise' is the opportunity to exhibit with her thanks to the catalogue she will be providing. You can have a hand in creating new delicate works of art at a decisive moment of her career. Supporting this campaign makes you part of a wonderful story, one you will remember by receiving a signed catalogue or a unique paper painting which you have contributed in making a reality. We will forever share this wonderful collective memory. Can you help?

What a Mess! A Pop-Up Book of Misadventure

What a Mess! A Pop-Up Book of Misadventure by Keith Allen

With a love for pop-up books inspired by the everyday (mis)adventures of his children, Keith Allen, a Cleveland based Senior Product Designer and Paper Engineer, at the well known greeting card company American Greetings, has ventured into self-publishing to create this unique book about how hard it is for his children to clean their rooms. 'What a Mess! A Pop-Up Misadventure,’ is a story that follows two siblings after their messy room becomes so out-of-control that it explodes from their doorway, sends them to the top of a toy mountain, spins them around in a dust-nado, and much more. Every page turn is a dazzling, well-constructed, complex paper pop-up that is sure to delight and amaze. He takes this mundane chore and has made it fun for them by turning it into a story of adventure.

60 Astounding Examples of Paper Art Over Six Years, Happy Birthday Strictlypaper!

60 Astounding Examples of Paper Art Over Six Years Happy Birthday Strictlypaper

In lieu of Strictlypaper's 6th birthday this year, we have chosen 60 astounding examples of the most loved paper art works from over the years. Since the beginning, that hot summer day long, long ago in 2010, the major focus of SP has always been to highlight the most creative use of paper, this spanning across a very wide array of fields and categories, with artist from all over the world. We have always strived to be a source of inspiration to push your work just one step further, as well as a hub for other paper artists and artists alike to learn about one another... because we all know there are SOOOOO many artists out there! With that said, please enjoy this selection of paper sculptures, origami, animations, paper fashion, installations, collages and more. Share to the masses, because in the end, we couldn't have done it without you. So THANK YOU and here's to the future!!!!

Delicate Paper Works by Tamara Lise


Tamara Lise is an artist specializing in paper and book art. Her studio is based in France where she creates original works of art out of paper that combine her technical skills with contemporary themes. These delicate works are greatly influenced by the world of literature, a passion that led her to study bookbinding techniques early in her career. After her completion of a Master of Book and Paper Design at the ENSAV La Cambre in Belgium in 2011, she began producing artworks in which paper is a fabric, inspired by prehistory and traditional as well as modern art forms.