Clam Shell Book Sculpture

Erica Ekrem binds beautiful journals using traditional hand tools and time-honored stitching methods. She studied graphic design in college and fell in love with bookbinding while taking it as a required course.

Clamshell Book Sculpture

Erica matches pairs of butter clam shells she finds on the beaches of Orcas Island, Washington to use as journal covers. Pages of recycled, speckled paper are hand cut to fit the shape of the shells and linen thread coated with bees' wax is used for the stitching.

I might have a difficult time convincing myself to make marks on the pages, but can easily picture a clam shell sculpture gracing a bookshelf as an objet d'art.

Erica's shop, Odelae, is also on Facebook. Perhaps take a moment to see the variety of journals she makes from reclaimed materials... each one is unique and her photography is nothing short of stunning.

Facebook Finds this past week included:

Fresh life from wilted roses - mosaic paper
Huge paper-craft horse sculptures
A backdrop of paper rosettes

Have a wonderful weekend!
Ann Martin
Ann Martin

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  1. Such lovely examples in her album ,this is the most charming of them all.

  2. All that's new and interesting comes out on your blog.It's a great opportunity to "walk" into this world and I thank you for this ,dear Ann.
    This new creation ,ingenious one,make me think of an entire world who loves and uses paper.
    What would world be without paper ?
    Have a great life,

  3. Thanks aureliaeugenia... how true, it would be difficult to imagine the world without paper.

  4. I have recently collected more shells than I am sure what to do with - this is terrific inspiration!

  5. Ah, this is wonderful! There's no way I would write in it though.

  6. The clam book is simply stunning.
    I also enjoyed the friday fb pieces, especially the tower of books in Washington and how exciting to see something like those street horse sculptures!


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