Archive for the ‘Book Art’ Category

“Pandora Opens Box” is piece by Su Blackwell. From Blackwell’s website, here is her artist statement:

“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.

It is the delicacy, the slight feeling of claustrophobia, as if these characters, the landscape have been trapped inside the book all this time and are now suddenly released. A number of the compositions have an urgency about them, the choices made for the cut-out people from the illustrations seem to lean towards people on their way somewhere, about to discover something, or perhaps escaping from something. And the landscapes speak of a bleak mystery, a rising, an awareness of the air.”

Another post on Su Blackwell’s works is here.  Or visit Blackwell’s website for even more images.


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If you like altered books, you will love this stop-motion ad. Thanks for sharing Jason.

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heck this out: Typographer and illustrator Jessica Hische is sharing some lovely drop caps with the blogosphere via The Daily Drop Cap project. Most days, she posts a hand-crafted decorative initial cap for you to use and enjoy. I love it! To go to her website to get the drop caps, click here. Here’s some of her latest drop caps alphabet…

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coralie bickford-smith

I’m a big fan of Coralie Bickford-Smith‘s cover designs (earlier this year I pointed out some of her great designs). Today I’m extra excited to show off these  cloth-bound classics that Coralie designed for for Penguin. I heard about them this morning via design*sponge, where you can also find an interview with Coralie. The series just became available in the US. Wouldn’t they make great gifts?

bovaryGreat ExpectationsSense and SensiblityThe Woman in whitePicture of Dorian GrayPride and Prejudice


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Everyone’s talking about Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak, which has been adapted and directed by Spike Jonze. Where the Wild Things Are Poster

Where The Wild Things Are poster for sale for $14.5o at 123posters.com

But, I’m actually more excited about another upcoming movie that has been adapted from a beloved children’s book–Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr. Fox! I love this book. The stop-motion film is directed by Wes Anderson and features the voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, and Jason Schwartzman.

This first edition copy of the Fantastic Mr Fox book, with Tony Ross’ illustrations, is available at The Wee Web

Fantastic Mr Fox

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All from the The Book Cover Archive.

Top row, from left to right:

The World Without Us. Author: Alan Wiseman. Book cover designer: Pete Garceau.
The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson. Author: Jerome Charyn. Book cover designer: Gabrielle Wilson.
The Golden Road. Author: Caille Miller. Book cover designer: Darren Haggar.

Middle row, from left to right:

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Other Jazz Stories. Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald.
The Chess Machine. Author: Robert Lohr. Book cover designer: Gray318.
Jane Eyre. Author: Charlotte Bronte. Book cover designer:  Megan Wilson.

Bottom row, from left to right:

English as She is Spoke. Author: José da Fonseca.
Dangerous Frames. Author: Nicholas J. G. Winter. Book cover designer: Isaac Tobin.
Battle Royale. Author: Koushun Takami. Book cover designer: Izumi Evers.

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I found these great book covers designs by Coralie Bickford-Smith at the Book Cover Archive.

The Masque of the Red DeathThe Masque of the Red Death, book cover by Coralie Bickford-Smith

Summer in AlgiersSummer in Algiers, by Albert Camus, book cover by Coralie Bickford-Smith

The Virgin of the Seven DaggersThe Virgin of the Seven Daggers, book cover by Coralie Bickford-Smith

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