After many years of working in collage and mixed media, I began exploring ways of using old, discarded books, experimenting with deconstructing and rebuilding them to produce unique pieces of artwork.
The books are variously sourced and are carefully selected for their illustrations and character, whilst taking into account my perception of how the finished piece will look. I enjoy the fact that I can even make use of books in a condition which most people would dismiss as unusable.
For each book sculpture I work on, only the illustrations found within the particular volume(s) are used. Colour is added using inks, watercolours and acrylics where I consider that they will enrich and enhance the final effect, giving a sense of depth and energy.
These intricately worked 3D books provide tantalising glimpses into a rich past, becoming miniature worlds that allow the viewer to simply tumble into them.
As technology threatens to replace the printed word, there has never been a better time to reimagine the book.