How do you define a book ?

Holding one in your hands is both a visual and tactile experience and reading can take you somewhere amazing or teach you something extraordinary. This sensory experience is being slowly eclipsed by our preference for digital culture and my work with books has become an exploration into re-defining them as sculptural objects, giving them a life after reading.

The Japanese concept of Wabi Sabi is the acceptance of transience and imperfection, sometimes described as one of beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete". The books I work with are always second hand, often showing the marks of use so I work with their imperfections using origami and kirigami techniques of multiple folding and cutting to gradually change their shape without loosing their essence as books.

Cutting disseminates the print and images producing a fragmented pattern so the final look of a piece will be determined by the original layout of text and images which makes each piece unique. Applied images from my paintings and designs become integral parts of the work, giving added depth, shape and colour of the finished piece.

METAMORPHOSIS PRINTS

These are a series of digital prints playing on images of the sculptures to produce very different pieces that still relate back to their origin as books.

Twister

Bird on a Wire

101 Things

Green Tea

Papas Tree

Duo

3

Big Puff

Bahai

I Love Paris

Float

2

Illustrated Man

White Spike

Ta dah !

Parachute

No 1.

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