Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Vintage Book Home Decor - bookBW

Benjamin Wieler of Toronto, Canada is not your ordinary vintage book seller. In addition to pages and pages of title listings in his Etsy shop, bookBW, you'll find a thoughtfully curated selection of art objects he creates from old books.


For example, origami is combined with hand embroidery to form an imaginary paper star constellation.

folded-book-stars constellation

He made this coptic-stitched artist journal using a variety of softly colored papers as the pages.


With the holidays on the horizon, Benjamin's clever origami snowman and personalized wreath will add to the merriment.


Remove the twig arms and snowflakes for an elegant year-round topiary.

 (shucks, antlers not included)

Benjamin's background in print and textile design is evident in each piece he creates.


For his Constellation series, Benjamin cut paths of text from Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre to form stars that mingle with spirographic string art. Fitting, because the timeless story tells of single people who find each other and stitch together their own family.

Elegant, folded paper cogs

This hand drawn silhouette of Jane Austen was created from mitered pages taken from a vintage edition of Pride and Prejudice.


For those who prefer a splash of color, Benjamin makes fun star gardens from illustrated books. Here, flowers and butterflies were folded using pages of a Sleeping Beauty Golden book, dipped in wax, attached to bamboo stems, and displayed in a pine base. He also does custom design... perhaps have him transform a beloved book from your childhood.


Benjamin Wieler's website and bookBW Etsy shop.

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bwieler said...

Thank you Ann for this terrific feature.
I'm so pleased!
Cheers, Benjamin

Maureen said...

Love the silhouette.

Great post!

Ann said...

These are just fabulous. I love the stars with the embroidery and the cogs are very cool and so is that snowman

SUGANTHI said...

I love the snowman and the wreath. How neatly folded.

Ana Cris said...

I love it! Amazing!

Baukje said...

your work looks gorgeous as always
thanks for the sweet comlimentjes
Greetings Baukje

Jan Castle said...

All projects are unique ...especially like the silhouette!
Paper Hugs,

Melissa Kojima said...

Oh, how beautiful. I love that he uses vintage papers to make these paper masterpieces. Yes, great for holiday decorating.

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