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.
When carving this literary series, Blackwell used the actual books as a source of inspiration. Usually, she reads the book first, at least once or twice, and then she begins to create the work, cutting out, adding those magical details, which is a quite tediously slow process. By producing these visual sculptures, Blackwell tries to create a miniature world that revolves around time-honored stories and evoke a sense of childlike wonder within her illuminated works of art.