Paper Play: A Book About the Art of Papercraft

Intricate, unusual and resourceful, the art of paper has proven to be a difficult to master. Gingko Press released Paper Play, a 256 page book detailing the use of paper in modern art and design. Paper Play features at least 82 artists, who use the resource of paper for jewelry, installations, sculptures, street art and other artistic expressions. Below, are some of the artists featured in the book. 

Lucie Houdkova

Alexander Korzer-Robinson

Geraldine Gonzalez

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Transforming Old Books into New Art

For more lovely literary art, explore the #bookart and #booksculpture hashtags on Instagram.

Marlene Marques (@a_novel_idea_21) spends up to four hours a day folding up and tearing through pages of old novels—but never destroying them. “Book art is about giving books new life,” she says. “Especially in the age of e-readers and e-books, it’s a great way to bring physical novels back into people’s homes.”

Marlene, originally from Portugal and currently living in New Jersey, first started creating book art as a personal pastime in the off-hours from her job as a 911 emergency call dispatcher. Eventually, she started sharing photos of the finished products on Instagram, and selling her work online.

“In the end I think I’m inspired by a love of books, and their smell,” she says. “What better way to recycle them than to re-create them into works of art?”


Where My Wild Things Are by Serene Ng

Inspired by Maurice Sendak's Where The Wild Things Are - one of my all time favourite stories. The persona here is Bunnyman who embarks on a journey of self-discovery and indeterminacy. It will go wherever floats its boat.



The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

  • Amazon: 4.4
  • Goodreads: 4.38

The Giving Tree is a beautiful fable of a little boy’s relationship with a tree. The boy seems to symbolise the human race as a whole and the tree depicts nature or even mother Earth herself.

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A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, composed of 13 books is by far the most interesting, eerie and macabre children’s story in modern literature. It follows the turbulent lives of three orphan children Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire, who are placed in custody of their distant cousin and uncle Count Olaf, after their parent’s death in the arson of their home. This unfortunate event propels a series of tragedies ignited by their greedy uncle who attempts to steal their inheritance. 

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