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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The Magic of Books

Every once in a great while I find an artist that seems to really embody creativity in a new way that stirs the soul or makes me think. It's not just pretty art, or cute, or sensational, or a technical marvel -- no, it's more than all those things. It *communicates* with you. And that is the kind of art I'd like to share today from talented paper artist Su Blackwell. Her works are made from fragile, delicate, oh-so-easily destroyed paper, but their subjects are timeless, classic and in a sense, eternal. I like the contrast! :)
"The 12 Dancing Princesses"

I love how she adds illumination to some of them, or better yet, *inside* of some of them.
"The Castle"

Interesting, no? In these next two you can really see how she deconstructs the pages and text of the book to pull out the story into a three dimensional image. I'm one of those people that can't bear to mangle or destroy any book, but her art is really fascinating. So, I guess I am both squirming and admiring at the same time.
"Alice–A Mad Tea Party"

"Alice: Through the Looking Glass"
all images from Stainless Steel Droppings

In other news, another great week at Saturday Market! Thank you everyone who has stopped by my booth to take a look! And a giant thank you to everyone who fell in love with one of my creations and did me the honor of taking it home! The last of the dragonfly necklaces will be at market this week and the first of the butterfly necklaces will appear, so if you are in the area please come by and say "hi"!

I hope everyone had a fabulous Mother's Day!!!!!


saffron said...

wow!! These are so fabulous! I'm always so amazed with creations like these!!

Lori said...

i have seen this artist's work before and i think it is truly amazing!!!

Rosie's Whimsy said...

That is so fascinating and fresh. This lends a whole new definition to "pop-up" books!

:-) Rosie

Nodin's Nest said...

I've admired this artist's work for some time.

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Yes, pop up books indeed! How wonderful!!!

Happy day!


NeereAnDear said...

Oh my the talent this woman has is amazing... to take a piece of paper and turn it into a 3 Dimensional image is beyond amazing!

Thanks for sharing ... and yes I had a fabulous Mothers day


Alison Gibbs said...

That is amazing.
Thanks for sharing it with us

GardenGoose said...

what awesome paper creations. loads of talent there. thanks for sharing.

Gracie said...

I think I've seen those gorgeous paper creations before. Thanks for sharing them as they are awe inspiring.

Your making lovely butterfly necklaces as well! That would be great to see. Can't wait to see them. My mum love the necklace by the way =)

And I hope you had a fantastic mother's day as well!!

ErinT Fashion Accessories said...

Those are amazing. Thanks for sharing!

Natasha Burns said...

oh my gosh I have never seen anything like those pages before! how incredible!

Jessica said...

That artwork is just incredible! Thanks for sharing it. And congrats on having another good Saturday Market!

Healing Expressions said...

This gals work is utterly amazing! Thanks so much for stopping by! I just love peeking in on you here..its always a treat!
Creative Blessings

Sugar Bear said...

Oh wow. That is so intricate and amazing.

Tricia said...

Thanks for sharing your blog on Etsy!
It's lovelerly!
I love the Mad Hatter Tea Party one best!

rochambeau said...

Dear Jeweled,
Just realized I didn't have you on my blogroll, I have had some problems lately. Anyway, FIXED THAT!

Yest Su Blackwell is Supreme!

Hope your Mother's Day was Happy!

Karma by Morgan said...

those are VERY cool! nice

Gina said...

Incredible. Glad you had a good Saturday too : )

The Rose Room said...

I know what you are saying but her work is incredible:) Rachael

nuvonova said...

WOW! You find the most amazing things.. I'd love to own one of those books!

My favourite is the Alice one, with Alice standing there in the corner, so lovely!

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Wow! Can you imagine the time spent doing all of those precision cuts?

Thanks for sharing. Amazing!


Waterrose said...

I have been watching her work and all I can say is TALENT!

TattingChic said...

Wow, this art is truly amazing.

AscenderRisesAbove said...


(your new banner looks lovely)

Anonymous said...

Wow, thanks for sharing. Her work is simply amazing. Wonder how she does it? Hope your saturday market went well.

Michelle said...

this is stunning! thanks for sharing!

Mary Timme said...

Ah, it is lovely, Heather. I'd never think of that so I'm glad someone else does! The wonder of it all! Oh, my the wonder of it all!

Kari & Kijsa said...

These are amazing!! Loved seeing these!!
kari & kijsa

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