Bookish Finds: Tomoko Takeda’s Story Fragments

Oh, the Books! | Bookish Finds: Tomoko Takeda's Story Fragments

Oh, the Books! | Bookish Finds: Tomoko Takeda's Story Fragments

Warning to you sensitive book-types: This post features cut-up books. Beautifully cut-up books.

I recently took to Google to see if I come could across any new and exciting book art that I’ve missed in the past, and came across this post on boredpanda: Artist Remakes Famous Books Into Art Masterpieces. Art masterpieces, indeed! I thought Tomoko Takeda’s book art was just so beautiful I had to share it myself.

Tomoko Takeda is an artist  and designer based in Tokyo who turns literary masterpieces into stunning works of art. Her collection, Story Fragments, features intricate book sculptures that represent the story inside the pages in a physical form.

Oh, the Books! | Bookish Finds: Tomoko Takeda's Story Fragments | Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Oh, the Books! | Bookish Finds: Tomoko Takeda's Story Fragments | Two Years' Vacation by Jules Verne

Two Years’ Vacation by Jules Verne

Oh, the Books! | Bookish Finds: Tomoko Takeda's Story Fragments | The Spider's Thread by Akutagawa Ryunosuke

The Spider’s Thread by Akutagawa Ryunosuke

Oh, the Books! | Bookish Finds: Tomoko Takeda's Story Fragments | The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery

Oh, the Books! | Bookish Finds: Tomoko Takeda's Story Fragments | The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

Oh, the Books! | Bookish Finds: Tomoko Takeda's Story Fragments | Night on the Galatic Railroad by Kenji Miyazawa

Night on the Galatic Railroad by Kenji Miyazawa

Oh, the Books! | Bookish Finds: Tomoko Takeda's Story Fragments | Kokoro by Natsume Soseki

Kokoro by Natsume Soseki

Oh, the Books! | Bookish Finds: Tomoko Takeda's Story Fragments | I am a Cat by Natsume Soseki

I am a Cat by Natsume Soseki

Oh, the Books! | Bookish Finds: Tomoko Takeda's Story Fragments | Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

Oh, the Books! | Bookish Finds: Tomoko Takeda's Story Fragments

Tomoko Takeda’s Story Fragments

Aren’t they beautiful?

I love them not only for her careful selection of what symbol to use for each book, but for how frail and delicate the book looks afterwards. It’s as if in any given second it can all just fall apart, making the captured photo all the more sacred.

It’s also my first Bookish Finds that features books written in Japanese (as far as I know), and I love how the symbols peak out between the cuts. They’re so beautiful.

If you’re interested in seeing more of Tomoko Takeda’s artwork, you can find her on Behance. (The Mother Book she helped design is absolutely gorgeous.)


What do you think? Aren’t these beautiful? Which one is your favorite?

Asti

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  1. WHAT. HOW. MIND=BLOWN.

    I’m so head-over-heels in love with these – I can’t even believe the amount of precision + delicacy that must have been required to sculpt them. I think probably my favourite ones are The Little Prince and Flowers for Algernon, just because they’re such accurate representations of the stories inside. How do people even get these ideas? Do they just sit down one day and go “hm, I think today I’m going to carve up some books and make art?”

    Ahhhh. I love it I love it I love it. :D

    • I have no idea! I sometimes think I would like to give it a go, but only because I’ve seen others do it. I don’t think I have ever just randomly looked at my books and thought about cutting them apart on my own! But hey, whatever inspired them to do it, I don’t mind. It’s quite beautiful and I would LOVE to have one for my own personal library in the future :)

  2. SO MUCH TALENT.

    I went to a portugese culture festival and they did something similar to this, but with an egg. Obviously, it takes just as much if not more skill to do it with an egg but still. This is so cool and I really love the one where it looks like water. It’s awesome how each page is cut a little less to create the edges.

    Where do you come up with all this awesomeness?

  3. I don’t think I could pick my favorite, although that spider and the roof-cat book is beautiful! I thought about making the folded book pages for an X-mas gift but these….what a lovely way to celebrate older books!

  4. OHhhhhh coooool! I love the “I am a Cat” one — of course. ;D I have to say, a lot of these are much more cut up than I was expecting, but the end result is really interesting. I wonder how difficult it is to keep them in this state once they’re all cut up…

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