The amazing art of book-cut sculpture

The amazing art of book-cut sculpture

in The Midnight Cup of Coffee


Books are wonderful..

Books are absolutely magical, and all the magic can be found between the lines of the never-ending stories, between those thin layers of paper, in between words that reach the very bottom of your soul, and also the very deep of your heart, bringing back memories, bringing out emotions, giving new meanings to things that you haven’t given a second thought before.

Some people know how to write, some people love to read, but others use books to express feelings in a very different but spectacular way – it might break your heart a bit if you are a book lover, but you might as well find it amazing and you might love with all your heart this kind of art: book-cut sculpture.

Today I cam across an amazing artist: Su Blackwell.

She is a British artist best known for constructing delicate sculptures from pages of books. Her artworks are so beautiful, I can’t even put into words how much I love them all; her delicate hands can turn simple pages into incredible 3D images that will steal your heart.

The expression “painting with words” is now having an entirely different meaning, and I hope that you will enjoy her “paintings” as much as I did.

I often work within the realm of fairy-tales and folk-lore. I began making a series of book-sculpture, cutting-out images from old books to create three-dimensional diorama’s, and displaying them inside wooden boxes.

For the cut-out illustrations, I tend to lean towards young-girl characters, placing them in haunting, fragile settings, expressing the vulnerability of childhood, while also conveying a sense of childhood anxiety and wonder. There is a quiet melancholy in the work, depicted in the material used, and choice of subtle colour.

I leave you with this video from Su’s vimeo page and the reminder, that if you want to see more of her wonderful artworks, you should definitely check her website at:

PS: I am wondering.. maybe the books I didn’t like might become more enjoyable if turned into such stunning pieces of art, don’t you agree?

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