Bookish Art

A few weeks ago I came across the website of Su Blackwell, an artist that works predominantly with paper. Her work attracted me because its mainly within the realm of fairy-tales and folk-lore, and lets be honest, I just adore fairy-tales. So when I looked through her Portfolio on her website I was blown away by her work. Her work is everything that I love so much about art. Its so inspiring and almost magical to see.

I emailed her right away, to ask if I could use the pictures of her work in a blog post, I received an answer a few days ago and I couldn’t be more happy that she allowed me to share this with you!

Her Work

Su Blackwell - The Baron in the TreesSu Blackwell - Wuthering Heights

My personal favorites

Su Blackwell - Hope Su Blackwell - The Snow Queen

I think what attracts me to those two are the colors. They both have something so magical about them… The butterflies, and how they just seem to fly out of the pages, is stunning. It’s like a story come to life, or even a page come to life! Its so pretty and colourful.

The second one is titled the Snow Queen and pretty much speaks for itself. It is literally inspired by a fairy-tale we all know and love. The books beneath the sculpture. *sigh* its just so pretty!


Its really beautiful to see how books inspire people. Though if somebody would try this with one of my books I would probably hit them with a baseball bat…

  If you are interested in seeing more of her work (which I highly encourage) you can visit her website by clicking on this link.

About Su Blackwell

su-blackwell-81Su Blackwell graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2003. She makes intricate art-works from every-day objects, transforming clothes and books into fantastical three-dimensional forms. Using a scalpel she cuts and glues the pages of books to create miniature dioramas glowing with lights in wood and glass boxes, like Victorian relics found in a museum of intrigue.

She finds her books – or rather lets them find her – by trawling through second-hand book shops. She always reads the book first and this in turn inspires the work. Some of the books that come into the artist’s possession sit on her shelf for months and months. The books themselves, their histories and stories, also interest her. They hold in their pages a record of their past events, as physical objects; their damage, such as frays and stains, makes our relationship with the contents immediate and visceral, and in turn tells another story.

“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.” Su Blackwell, 2007

“Paper has been used for communication since its invention; either between humans or in an attempt to communicate with the spirit world. I employ this delicate, accessible medium and use irreversible, destructive processes to reflect on the precariousness of the world we inhabit and the fragility of our life, dreams and ambitions.” Su Blackwell

So, what do you think about Su Blackwell’s work?