Isobelle Ouzman is a 24-year-old Brit currently based in Seattle, WA. She
carves intricate 3D illustrations into discarded books.
I am a quiet lady with a wild imagination and a fascination for all things nature and fairytale related. Everything I make uses repurposed or recycled materials and I’m trying my best to keep it that way.
As the nights get darker, look no further than our latest item. Take a glance in this fascinating art journal, the ‘Anatomia Humani Corporis’, ultimate Renaissance anatomical sketchbooks – scientific masterpieces with lucid insights into the functioning of the human body.
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.
For more young adult book recommendations, follow @blueeyedbiblio on Instagram.
You can thank Harry Potter for Emily Ables’ (@blueeyedbiblio) infectious love of literature. When the 18-year-old Ohioan first encountered the boy wizard, it was — appropriately — a magical moment.
“It showed me how much stories can do,” Emily says of the J.K. Rowling series. “Stories can allow you to live somewhere else for a day. They can show you what it’s like to have supernatural powers. They can show you that you’re not alone. Once I learned how many lives I can live through stories, all I wanted was to read, read, read.”
Emily started her book-centric Instagram last year, and her followers consider her an expert in young adult novel recommendations.
“I’ve had people tell me they bought Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas because I raved about it so often,” she says. “Those instances always make me incredibly happy. I love when people read a book because they know I loved it. Sharing the love of reading is a great feeling.”
Look closely, these frilly mushrooms are made of books. Although they look like something Alice might’ve encountered during her adventures in Wonderland, they’re the creation of Chicago-based visual artist Melissa Jay Craig. Entitled (S)Edition, this delightfully strange installation features 99 books made to look like common Amanita muscaria mushrooms. Each bookshroom is made of cast and hand-shaped abaca, also known as manilla help, embellished with cotton rag paper.
Fungus is an agent of change. I’m fascinated with its myriad forms, and I love to go in search of it. I can become more excited by discovering a beautiful fungal growth than by perusing artwork ‘discovered’ for us by curators in contemporary museums. When I was a child, the first time I had the intriguing feeling that the planet carried messages (texts, if you will) for those who were curious enough to look, was when I came upon a group of Amanita Muscaria, huddled together in a dark, secret space under tall pines.