>> Saturday, March 22, 2008
1. a lot of people on the blogosphere have posted about brian dettmer's book autopsies, with good reason... very meticulous. some of them are boring in terms of what is revealed, but the technique is gold. also love this one.
2. also worth mentioning is georgia russell's work. the gun below is atypical of her work (UPDATE: actually the work of robert the as this page confirms! only the very shredded work on my link is hers), but i find the title/form juxtaposition really funny. robert the does a few cool pieces with books linked into chains.
3. on a more functional tip, jim rosenau takes the floating book shelf idea a step further with humorous contextual elements, and sometimes other objects, although his are more obviously shelves. he even makes some classic bookcases out of encyclopedia sets... i would build one if we had the space for that style of shelf.
4. finally, if you want to get rid of old books, but don't want to spend the time on crafting them into something else, you can trade them for books you want very easily through paperbackswap.com. just for joining, you get three free credits (at least thats how it was when we joined a couple years ago.) you can use a credit to have any book listed on the system sent to you, free of charge. you can create a wishlist, and whenever a book from your wishlist appears, you are notified, and can have it sent. you can list the books you have, and if anyone requests them, paperbackswap will print a mailing label and calculate the exact postage, so you can mail them from your mailbox... we used it to trade crappy romance novels from the trash for great books, like those featured in the art & imagination series. note: there are other sites like this, but i can endorse paperbackswap having used it...
(UPDATE: my sister had difficulties using this site because she's a minor... she recommended bookmooch)