Book Oddities: Unusual Uses for Books
Books Turned into Furniture, Art and Other Unusual Uses for Books
It amazes me that there are so many things you can do with books besides reading them. I'm a retired librarian and I love books. Books can be art or furniture or so many other things. Quite a few artists have dabbled with altered books.
Here are some of the fun and off-beat ways that books transform into useful or artful objects that have nothing to do with reading.
I'd love for readers to share with me their unique craft or book themed use. I'd like to feature it here.
(book stack photo by Virginia Allain)
Books into Art - Meet the Artist
I stumbled upon an artist that really speaks to me with her creations. Susan Hoerth, takes something vintage like a book and turns it into a sensational multi-dimensional visual feast.
She creates a scene using folding and cutting and other paper art techniques that are one-of-a-kind. Now, you might think it odd that as a librarian, I find these so appealing. Aren't librarians supposed to revere and preserve books? To me, her art is just another interpretation of the story residing within the pages. Many books end up in recycling bins, but altered book artists give them new life.
I asked the artist if I could showcase some of her altered books on my blog. They are so special, that I wanted more people to see them. She gave me permission to do that.
Susan Hoerth's Edgar Allen Poe Book Sculpture
More by Artist Susan Hoerth
The example below features the 1901 Tales from Shakespeare. For added dimension, the artist used pearls and lace with this vintage book. Each of these fantastic pieces takes hours of work.
She's made access to her work more affordable by creating downloadable prints that people can frame. Here's an example of that with Beauty and the Beast. Since each work of art is unique and one-of-a-kind, this is a good way to make them available to a wider audience.
What do you think of the painstaking creative art I've shown you here? Would you have ever imagined that a book could be turned into such unique scenes?
Susn Hoerth's Transformation of a Book into Beauty and the Beast Art Piece and also Tales from Shakespeare
More Artists Who Work with Books
An Artist Talks about His Sculpture Made from Books
TO MAKE FROM
Make a Handbag from a Recycled Book
More Odd Things to Make from Books
- How to Turn a Book Into a Picture Frame | eHow.com
If you are a book lover, or know someone who is, you can take a beautiful book and make it into a keepsake picture frame. Start by using a gorgeous hardcover book from your personal library,...
- How to Make a Journal From an Old Book | eHow.com
Blank books in which to record your thoughts and ideas are readily available at local bookstores, but journal writing can take on a whole new aspect when the first step is to actually create that...
- Book Vases by Laura Cahill
Laura Cahill presented vases and furniture made from unwanted books at New Designers in London earlier this year.
- Repurpose-Recycle-Upcycle Old Books (Squidoo)
Make a hollow book, use books for Christmas decorations, fold a book into an angel shape... lots of interesting ideas here.
Book Pages Turned into Flowers
BOOKS AS FURNITURE
- Book Staircase
What a nifty idea for anyone with too many books and not enough bookshelves.
- Giant Books Turned into Furniture
How about a cushy book sofa or other piece of furniture. FUN
- This Into That
Actual books converted into bookshelves, wall shelves and other useful items.
- Hidden Bookshelf Door
Just like in the mysteries.... it looks like a bookshelf, but swings open to reveal a hidden room.
- Continuous Loop Bookshelves
At first glance, this one is pretty goofy looking. See what you think.