As I was browsing in Anthropologie one day, I was drawn to the display they had set up featuring Playing With Books by Jason Thompson. Intrigued but not fully convinced, I flipped through the pages of the book while a salesperson watched me from nearby. I didn’t buy the book (or anything else for that matter), but I did go home thinking about it. Thankfully, my local library branch had a copy because I needed to look at these book art projects more closely without someone watching me while I did it. Playing With Books is for people who like to craft. I’m not really one of those people, but I admit there are a few projects I wouldn’t mind trying, such as the one-of-a-kind cards and postcards (as seen above). But I don’t think I’m crafty enough to try making my own book bag or book clock. There are lots of bloggers out there who are crafty enough though, like Drawing Near and JaneVille. I really liked the artist profiles at the end of Playing With Books. If you’d like to see some amazing book and paper art, check out the Playing With Books blog. You’ll see some cool stuff along the lines of the video below.
The Move, Paper Animation from Mandy Smith on Vimeo.
And if I ever actually try to make something out of a book I’ll be sure to blog about it so we can all make fun of my attempt at crafting together.