Sunday, October 12, 2008
More On Book Crafts
After finding the websites about making book purses, I came across this website this morning and was fascinated by the creativity of this artist/author. You know the old saying, 'One man's trash is another man's treasure'? Jim Rosenau has certainly made this a reality. On his website, his biography states:
Jim Rosenau was raised in a house with 5,000 books. He has been making and selling thematic bookshelves from vintage books since 2002. The idea occurred to him years earlier after reading an essay, "Books As Furniture," by Nicholson Baker. Given his background as the son and grandson of publishers, he assumed the reaction, should he make such a thing, would be furious. The work, once underway, proved him wrong. His book furniture has since earned him a wide following with work sold in almost 50 states and countries. Primarily shown at closely juried shows, he is also represented by dealers from Vermont to Los Angeles. The work has been widely published in print and on the Internet.
Visit his site for inspiration. Perhaps you have some old books laying around that you could turn into a birdhouse, a bookshelf or bookcase? Here is a craft forum that explains how to do it. Scroll down the page for the instructions. http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?PHPSESSID=78f6d813efb60d278fe623bde1fd69ae;topic=98846.0
Or maybe you would want to order a custom piece from Mr. Rosenau. How fun it is to find such things such as these book crafts on the Internet.
I love this birdhouse made out of old copies of Tom Saywer and a corncob pipe. From the website 'Uncommon Groups':
Designer Dave Vissat stumbled upon this ideas when he was making a birdhouse for his mother. He ran out of wood, so he resorted to using an old book as a roof. Then he began incorporating interesting text and illustrations as well.
Posted by Rita Gerlach at 11:13 AM