Photos courtesy of Isobelle Ouzman
For Seattle-based artist Isobelle Ouzman, her love of paper art manifests in her positively beautiful "Altered Books," a project in which she tries to give otherwise neglected books a new life as one-of-a-kind art pieces.
To create her exquisite book sculptures, Ouzman carves and shapes the pages of books using an X-Acto knife and glue. She then goes back and draws each unique scene using Micron pens and watercolor.
At the end of the process, only a few words of the original text can be discerned — a thoughtful nod to the sculpture's literary origins. In the case of the commissioned work below, we see Winnie-the-Pooh walking through the forest with Christopher Robin.
For those who might cringe at the thought of a perfectly good book being carved up, Ouzman is quick to explain that she loves books and would never carve one that was valuable.
"Every book that I alter [is] found by a dumpster in Seattle, a recycling bin, a thrift store or was given to me by someone who no longer wants it," Ouzman writes on her website. "Rather than have these discarded books sit out in the rain or in some store to gather dust, I'm striving to make good use of them."
Continue below for more examples of Ouzman's work, and if you want to see more amazing paper art, check out Alex Arnold's crystallized book sculptures and Wolfram Kampffmeyer's charming 3-D paper animals.
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