Purpose of this Blog...

You may have noticed that not all books are equal in capturing children's imaginations and in cultivating those innocent, tender souls. My goal is to help you find the ones that do!
(Painting by Mary Cassatt: "Mrs Cassatt Reading to her Grandchildren" -1888)

Saturday, July 30, 2011


"I often work within the realm of fairy-tales and folk-lore." 
-Artist Sue Blackwell
Alice in Wonderland was one of Su Blackwell's favorite
childhood stories.
British artist Su Blackwell's book sculpture art brings images from children's stories like Alice in Wonderland and Cinderella  to life.  Watch this fascinating video interview with her:

"I often work within the realm of fairy-tales and folk-lore. I began making a series of book-sculpture, cutting-out images from old books to create three-dimensional diorama's, and displaying them inside wooden boxes...
For the cut-out illustrations, I tend to lean towards young-girl characters, placing them in haunting, fragile settings, expressing the vulnerability of childhood, while also conveying a sense of childhood anxiety and wonder. There is a quiet melancholy in the work, depicted in the material used, and choice of subtle colour...
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." -Su Blackwell (click on her name to go to her website.)

If you liked this post about these amazing book sculptures, you might also enjoy my post about dress sculptures/paper dresses.

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