You guys, we have done book art for the home. Book art that you can fold up and create yourself. Book art done with a needle and thread. But, we have not yet tackled the fashionable book art that you can adorn yourself with. And that’s a real shame, ain’t it?
These will be different from many of the amazing, beautiful, put-my-checkbook-in-the-freezer finds from Book Fetish in a slight way. Book art, as I define it, is that art made directly from the pages or the spines or the letters. It’s not always practical (and usually isn’t). It should, however, always catch you. It should make you stop. It should, most of the time, make you say “damn.”
Carrie Ann Shumacher’s dresses that are made from the pages of romance novels are stunning. End stop. We’ve covered some of her work in an earlier post and, in that post, Aram was spot-on about why these are such amazing pieces. I think you’ll agree:
“There is something hauntingly beautiful and culturally relevant about taking physical, printed books and using them as a catalyst for creativity. That is to say, these dresses couldn’t be made out of Kindles. (Though if anyone wants to give it a try I’d say go for it.) I think what made me happiest when viewing the exhibit was simply seeing printed books exist in an ulterior form. It finally seems everyone is starting to get over the big huff and puff of print versus digital, and now we can move on and appreciate physical copies of books in a new way.”
“Harlequin” by Carrie Ann Schumacher
“Renee, Star Ballerina” by Carrie Ann Schumacher
“Vicki and the Vision” by Carrie Ann Schumacher
While Schumacher’s designs are more approachable, even perhaps wearable for the truly daring, Christine Elfman takes the book dress to high concept fashion art for a stunning effect in her “Storydress I” collection.
Have I mentioned how much we love Malena Valcárcel here? (I will keep mentioning this thing. It bears constant repeating.) Find all of her absolutely fantastic designs on her Etsy shop. For this post, let’s take a look at some of her swoon-worthy book art jewelry.
And, finally, if you just want to sport some real book fashion on your wrist, in a simpler way, The Book Crook Etsy store has got you covered.
There’s a ton of wearable book art out there–from shoes to jewelry to purses. Share your fashion favorites in the comments!