Book Sculpture

Book Sculpture

In late July, I had the opportunity to attend a class with Kelly Campbell-Berry at [Artspace] at Untitled. Kelly is a book sculptor who does amazing work with illustrated books, graphic novels and comic books. For class, she let us choose from several options (Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter). I fell in love with “Where the Wild Things Are”…

After class that evening, I started combing my book shelves for another illustration I could sculpt and ended up with something from Katie Daisy’s book, How to be a Wildflower. I loved the idea of making the house and clothes line dimensional, imagining, like with the forest above, creating a feeling of looking into the house…

My sculpture started with an old cigar box from my stash. I used other illustrations from the book to cover the sides, the full page images for the first layer, then started cutting out and layering the feature images. I knew I wanted it to feel like the house and clothes on the line had depth and dimension, I also wanted the flowers sticking out of the windows to seem more dimensional. I think I probably could have done more layers, but by the time I reached this point, I had firmly decided that the fussy cutting required for this process is not something I want to do much more of.

That’s the joy of experimenting, though, figuring out what works and doesn’t work. I love the dimensionality of this, love the idea of creating a miniature world that you could imagine stepping into and I also adore the idea of honoring favorite books in this way.

Be sure to check out Kelly Campbell-Berry’s work – I believe she’s planning more classes at Untitled, so you might sign up for their newsletter if you’re local and interested in learning.

3 Comments

    1. Kelley Walker
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      It was fun! That Sandra Brownlee workshop you went to a couple of weeks ago looked amazing too! Hope I can catch her sometime!!

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