Jewellery Made out of Discarded Books

Recycled book art is popular among recycled art projects and they usually be transformed into various sculptures. But this time, those discarded books have their new life as jewellery in London-based artist Jeremy May’s hands. Images and text are harvested from these publications and formed into modern rings, bracelets, necklaces, and more. Their colorfully layered and patterned designs hardly reminds us of their original form but you still kindly tell it from the some blurred text found on the jewellery. To create a piece of jewellery like these, May need to carefully removes their pages—hundreds of them—and laminates them together. After forming the paper into the small wearable, May applies a high-gloss finish to make them shine.

Like those jeweller, you can actually purchase some of them from May’s site.

Jewellery Made out of Discarded Books
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Magical World Created from Illuminated Book Sculptures by Su Blackwell

Although I am not a big fan of book carving (still feel guilty to carve those medium of knowledge), it seems there is a trend to use these uncommon canvas to create sculptures among artists. In Su Blackwell‘s latest exhibition (previous), she created fairy scenes includes dwellings (such as lighthouses, wood cottages, tree-huts and houses), trees, lakes and bridges from books.

Magical World Created from Illuminated Book Sculptures by Su Blackwell
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Book Surgery: Incredible Book Carving Art from Brian Dettmer

Book Surgery: Incredible Book Carving Art from Brian Dettmer

What to do with those out-of-date annuals, encyclopedias, and other weighty tomes. While some books beg to be passed on and shared, or even cherished selfishly through the centuries, some just don’t stand the test of time. Hence, some artists try to turn those dated books into art. American Brian Dettmer is one of a growing number of artists who has made a virtue of the redundant book by transforming it into a modern masterpiece.
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Incredible Phone Book Carvings

I have wrote several posts about book carving art, see here and here. Every time, I was amazed by those incredible carving skill and creation, but feel guilty about those books and dictionaries. Hence, I decided to not write any more about these book carving until I came across this project by Alex Queral.

Incredible Phone Book Carvings
Alex Queral’s “It’s All Relative” (Albert Einstein)
When Alex Queral saw a pile of unwanted phone books 14 years ago, he was hit with a flash of inspiration. Rather than just leaving them to rot he would recycle them, using them as the basis for works of art by carving portraits out of them.

Incredible Phone Book Carvings
Alex Queral’s “The Man With No Name” (Clint Eastwood)
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