Bookish Finds is a feature in which I share and discuss book-related art I find online. While I appreciate some readers do not like the idea of books being cut up and transformed into something else (which means they might want to refrain from looking at this post…), I can’t help but see a certain beauty in the second life of these books.
This week I am featuring the book and paper art of Malena Valcárcel. Malena is an artist living in Spain who taught herself everything she knows when it comes to paper. Using primarily recycled materials, she creates beautiful masterpieces, often taking inspiration from nature and everyday life. As she describes on her About page, her work is:
Storytelling books and paper art for people who are also a little lost, found and forgotten…
(Don’t you just love that quote? I know I’ve definitely fallen into that category during different times of my life.)
I have to say, there are two main things I love about Malena Valcárcel’s work: 1) She makes paper worlds come to life and 2) She self-taught herself all she knows when it comes to paper art. To see such beautiful images and to know that someone experimented their way into creating such art, that she just took her passion and transformed it into these little paper worlds, is quite a stunning thing. It actually makes me want to grab a book and try to create something myself. (Luckily I haven’t found the complete confidence to try something like this just yet. I can only imagine how unimpressive mine would look compared to Malena’s.)
Below are just a handful of her book sculptures that I absolutely love:
(Aren’t they beautiful? I especially love her use of lighting to make the sculptures come to life. How can you not worry for Red Riding Hood as the wolf lurks in the shadows??)
If you would like to look at more of Malena’s work or follow her, you can find her on Etsy, her blog, Facebook, Pinterest, Behance, or Twitter. (At the very least I recommend checking out her Etsy shop! Etsy shop. I’ll be keeping my eye out to see what magical creation she puts up next. You know, in case one day I actually have the money to indulge myself in such things. ;))
A special thanks to Malena Valcárcel for giving me permission to use her images in my blog post!
What do you think? Would you want something like this in your imaginary library? Which sculpture is your favorite? Have you ever had the desire to try something like this yourself?