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Classic Fairy Tale Characters Crawl Out of Their Storybooks

Reading fairy tales can awaken a child's creative senses as they imagine the characters popping out of the books. With these Altered Books sculptures by Susan Hoerth, aka Raidersofthelostart, it becomes a reality. The Texas-based artist collects vintage, discarded books and redesigns them into wonderfully imaginative sculptures reflecting the stories they hold within their text. Hoerth transforms classic books from Alice In Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz to A Christmas Carol and Grimm's Fairy Tales.

The artist says, “Collecting bits and pieces from my travels around the world and assembling them into a fine art collection of Curios is my passion. I have an eye for collecting vintage items to retell stories of the past, bring new life and preserving memories. Each piece that I design includes a mixture of the discarded and forgotten ordinary moments in everyday life.”

These creatively repurposed and preserved book sculptures can be purchased at Hoerth's Etsy shop called The Abandoned Attic. Each piece is one of a kind, so they're priced accordingly at upwards of $125.

The Abandoned Attic on Etsy
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Pinar Noorata is the Managing Editor at My Modern Met. She is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College and is an alumni of the Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program in NYC. She has worked at major TV, film, and publishing companies as well as other independent media businesses. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies, reading, crafting, drawing, and volunteering at her local animal shelter.
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