Nature-Infused Altered Books

In all the years that we’ve been running My Modern Met, if there’s one trend that stood out from the rest, it’s art made out of books. Remember Guy Laramee, the artist who meticulously carves out encyclopedias to create incredible landscapes or Brian Dettmer, aka The Book Surgeon, the man who uses knives, tweezers and surgical tools to form unbelievable sculptures?

Rachael Ashe is an emerging, self-taught artist who also sees the beauty in books. The Vancouver-based artist creates lovely works that all have a nature element to them.

“I live in Vancouver, BC, a city surrounded by mountains, forests, and the ocean. Nature is ever present within the city, but I also don't have to go far in order to immerse myself fully in natural surroundings,” she tells us. “I think incorporating imagery of birds, trees, and even using found objects from nature in my artwork is a natural byproduct of the environment in which I live.”

Below you’ll find a selection of her work along with some photos she took at a workshop she teaches to adults on how to make altered books. It’s fun to see how her students pin, cut, carve and fold pages!

Rachael Ashe’s website

January 22, 2017

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