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33 First Edition Books Are Re-Covered For Auction

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The auction house Sotheby’s will be auctioning off some very special lots on December 11th 2017.

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.

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Betty Pepper Proves There Is Life After Death For Damaged Books

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Meet Betty Pepper, saviour of discarded and damaged books.

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. 

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Study Suggests Adult Colouring Books May Improve Mental Health

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Colouring books for adults have become hugely popular of late and many adults have been sharpening their colouring pencils and doing their best to stay within the lines. Not only is colouring a relaxing way to pass the time, a recent study from New Zealand has found that colouring could help reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety.

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

If Fiction Genres Had Physical Forms…

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Our imaginations were sparked off by a recent meme describing a book as “A movie on paper that plays pictures in your head”. We decided to come up with a selection of physical descriptions of fiction genres.

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!

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How To Make The Most Of Unloved Cookery Books

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Nearly everyone has them: those cookery books that never get used. Sometimes we receive a recipe book from a well-meaning relative, or purchase one because our Great British Bake-Off obsession got the better of us… However those poor lost books usually get one flick through, some empty promises of bakes-to-come, and then nothing but dust and grease from sitting on a kitchen shelf.

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!

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Check Out This Harry Potter Monopoly Board!

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Jenna, a blogger for Bored Panda and now the creator of Harry Potter Monopoly, is probably one of the best friends a person can have.

When her Potterhead friend lamented about the lack of Harry Potter Monopoly Board, Jenna decided to take it upon herself to create one. In addiction to a brilliant, creative mind the project took over 80 hours of work. In her blog Jenna takes us through each step of the process from creating the board layout to spray painting Disney pieces for the hotels and houses.  Since she wanted an authentic Potter look, she used Knuts, Sickles, and Galleons instead of Monopoly money. Inspired! It is such a wonderful idea, and would prove to be so popular due to Pottermania that Monopoly would be mad not to jump on board!

Check out the fantastic gift below, and visit Jenna’s blog to see how she did it!

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Talented Artist Takes Classic Book Quotes and Turns Them into Beautiful Posters

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Stunning Posters are Available to Buy too!

Are you looking for some awesome literary themed posters to liven up your home? Maybe there’s a special bibliophile in your life who has a birthday coming up? Either way, check out these gorgeous posters created by Wisdom Supply Co, which take quotes from classic literature such as Moby Dick and Frankenstein and puts them with fantastic artwork in the form of a poster that will look great on your wall. Read More

Guggenheim Releases Over 200 Downloadable Art Books

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An online catalogue of over 200 art books has been released by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and all are free to download for the art-loving public. Art lovers from around the world are given the opportunity to freely download art books on great creative minds such as Klimt, Picasso, Lichtenstein, Rothko, and Kandinsky, among many others. A broad range of artistic forms and expressions are available to discover from classic sculpture to futurism, and beyond!

The archive website states:

“As a vital part of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation’s mission as an educational institution, the Guggenheim Museum’s Publications Department publishes books and catalogues to document its exhibitions and collections.”

Art is a wonderful thing to be able to share and we hope you take some time to visit the website and find something that inspires you. Meanwhile, have a peek at some of the gorgeous art book covers below to see what is available to download…

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The Parthenon of Banned Books

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A tremendous art installation replicating a Greek Parthenon has been constructed by Argentinian artist, Marta Minujín.

The 74 year old has created this giant symbol of resistance to political repression from 100,000 copies of banned books.

The installation is based in Kassel, Germany and is part of the Documenta 14 art festival. Minujín identified over 170 banned book titles with the help from local students and constructed the full-size parthenon from the banned books held in steel structures with plastic sheeting to protect them.

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This ‘Derailing My Train of Thought’ Book Sculpture is Perfect

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Derailing My Train of Thought by Thomas Wightman

Whatever you think of book art, there’s no denying the talent and thought that has gone into this book sculpture I stumbled upon yesterday. I’ve seen lots of book art in the years running FRA but never quite something as immensely detailed as ‘Derailing My Train of Thought’, a bookish art project by Thomas Wightman.

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