Thursday, June 5, 2014

Altered Book Artist - Su Blackwell

If paper art typically catches your eye, then you may already be familiar with Su Blackwell, a creator of marvelous altered book sculptures. I was happy to come upon her new blog Su Blackwell Studio earlier this week.

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In one post she shares a project that was completed about a year ago for the Fairmont Hotel Group in Abu Dhabi. Su worked with assistant Emma Yeo in the lobby of the Bab Al Bahr Hotel for three weeks to create a sculpture of the Sheikh Zayed Grande Mosque which can actually be seen from the hotel. How's that for real-life inspiration?!

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Lots of fine cutting, folding, and shaping added up to one impressive sculpture. See many more in-progress photos in the post.

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Another blog entry features a sculpture that Su created for book publisher Disney-Hyperion as cover art for Odditorium by Gregory Funaro, a novel that will be released in January

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Again Su includes in-progress shots. It's fun to see the work in its natural state...

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...and as it will appear on the cover.

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Sertum Orchidaceum 2014 
Paper cut sculpture incorporating book, circa 1900, and steel frame inside wooden display case with lights
H 167 x W 124 x D 63 cm
 
A new exhibit, Beyond the Book: An exhibition of artists who use books as their medium, will open on June 12 and runs through July 17, 2014 at Long & Ryle, a London gallery. Above is one of Su's included sculptures. I have a feeling the image doesn't begin to capture the intricacy or scale of the piece - it's as tall as I am! Su co-curated the exhibit with Saffron Wynne of The Devon Guild of Craftsmen; it features the work of ten book artists.

See many examples of Su's altered book art on her website and enjoy this recent video:

5 comments:

  1. Amazing, Ann. Thanks for bringing this kind of thing to us!

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  2. So glad you all enjoyed seeing Su's work. Thanks for your notes.

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  3. The mosque looks stunning!! The video is so inspiring .Thanks for sharing.Amazing artist.

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