Sometimes in life you stumble upon something that makes you want to cry with the utter genius of it.
This is one of those times.
Butcher Billy is a designer and illustrator from Brazil, with a penchant for bold and expressive mash-ups of musical artists and literature… Just take a look at his Stephen King collection below!
The latest bookshelf-altering idea is for the neutral-colour-lovers among us: some of you may remember when we posted a picture on Facebook of a bookshelf in which the books were all turned about with the spines facing the wall. Many of our Reading Addicts were unhappy with the idea- deeming the bookshelf owner (apparently someone called ‘Lauren’) to be a little superficial, and “obviously not a reader”.
Our dust jackets haven’t always been crammed full of information, or as colourful as we see them today… Here are 7 fascinating facts about dust jackets that you may not have known before…
33 first edition books have had their covers re-interpreted by famous contemporary artists and illustrators. In partnership with Winsor & Newton, and in benefit of House of Illustration, the covers will be auctioned for an average of £2000. The covers range from Shaun Tan’s re-covering of Orwell’s Animal Farm, to Neil Gaiman’s cover for Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451.
Check out some of the covers below, and visit Sotheby’s website for more details.
Jill Ashton graduated in 2004 from The University of Central England with a First Class BA Hons in Jewellery and Silversmithing. Now, as Betty Pepper the artist based in the South East of England, she spends a lot of time making each unique piece of art and jewellery. Betty’s literary-inspired art is created from silver wire and fabric fragments, and any orphaned books she finds while out on a ‘rummage’. She gives life to old and ruined books once more by fashioning quirky and whimsical pieces from their pages.
Betty’s work is displayed and sold across Europe from Glasgow to Paris, with collections and commissions also available via MadeByHandOnline. The artwork can also be found at worldwide exhibitions- most recently in the UK (Suffolk, and Leeds) and Munich, Germany.
Psychology researchers from the University of Otago, New Zealand have found that doing some colouring-in for as little as ten minutes a day can see a notable increase in an individual’s mental health. The study was published in the Creativity Research Journal and has shown that a bit of colouring-in can be a cheap but effective way to help boost one’s mental health. Read More
Just imagine your favourite genre was created in the world it describes… What would it look like? What would it be made out of, and who or what created it? What ingredients would make up the ink, paper, and binding? Each fiction genre contains a variety of elements that could create a unique book… See what we came up with below and let us know if you have any more ideas!
The clever people at Tastemade have come up with a video how-to to show us the best way to utilise those cookery books we always meant to use. I am on the fence about this idea- it seems clever enough but… I am not sure.
See for yourself below and let us know what you think!