Sunday, March 28, 2010

Have Books Turned Your Brain?

"She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain." ~ Louisa May Alcott

If you're feeling like Alcott's subject, here are some alternative uses for your books. Of course, I'm not recommending re-purposing the books you love, but these are great uses for the many unloved, never-to-be-read-again books that appear at book sales, estate sales, the back of your guest room closet, etc.

I saw the first idea a few days ago at GardenDesigns + More. This is a lovely blog that you'll enjoy exploring - whether you have a garden or just love great design. Isn't this a wonderful idea for recycling old books?

Or how about this work titled Altered Books by book artist Sally Cole.

Or this adorable Book Lady/Chicken I saw recently at a local book shop (McIntyre's Fine Books - more about it later in the week). Her dress is made of book pages and is the latest in haute couture for the reading crowd!

Or these stunning works from Su Blackwell? Check out her website for more examples of her work and her current exhibitions, including one in New York right now!

It's difficult to choose between her Alice (above, complete with rabbit hole) and the birds below . . .

And what about the work of the amazing Brian Dettmer - see what he does with whole sets of encyclopedias?

Check out his website for galleries that carry his work. If there is one near you, you'll want to drop by!

So these are just a few ideas to consider before taking those old books to Goodwill.

Happy book hunting and reading, or cutting . . .

1 comment:

  1. Oh my these are absolutely works of art. Great ideas! I love the book with the birds.


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