Canberra-based graphic designer Kassandra wanted a homelier feel to her new apartment when she moved in a couple of years ago, so she snapped up lots of old books from a thrift shop, and hammered 27 of these onto wood that was then put up as the headboard. It looks glorious, though we can’t help […]
Illustrator Peter Deligdisch has created what must be the most maddeningly challenging coloring book in history. Between The Lines, which is filled with 22 gorgeous hand-drawn illustrations by Deligdisch, features enough intricate detailing and densely packed lines to drive even coloring fanatics crazy. Amazingly, people have actually completed some of these successfully. All things are […]
The book Arsene Houssaye’s Des destinees de l’ame (On the destiny of the soul) is part of the antique book collection of Harvard University’s Houghton Library. What’s extra special about it came to light only recently when scientists confirmed that it is bound in human skin. This conclusion endorses the veracity of a handwritten note […]
Charles Bukowski, Kurt Vonnegut, T.S. Eliot, what do these creatives have in common? They all had day jobs. And they are captured here in Natalya Balnova’s work entitled Day Jobs, a book project that looks at the lives of famous artists, writers, poets and musicians and beautifully illustrates and notes the ordinary day jobs that […]
Millions of people around the world have no choice but to flee their homeland to escape genocide, torture, persecution and war. In Australia, public debate about asylum seekers and refugees right has been distorted by myths and misunderstandings. It’s a global issue that must be discussed openly, and a topic that every Australian should know […]
A new book out by Mason Currey, Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, details what we’ve wondered for years: how did the most creative people in history live? Did they have particular rituals in their daily lives to keep them on track in their quest for creativity? Apparently Benjamin Franklin was fond of morning ‘air baths’ […]
In the world of art, anything and everything can be your canvas. Recently, the University of Iowa discovered a four-volume set of books from 1837. These books contain ‘fore-edge paintings’ – works of art that can only be revealed when you fan the pages part-way open.
Devin Montgomery from Pittsburgh sounds like a rocking dad. He made a clock with a book hidden within as a birthday gift for his baby son, and is now looking to manufacture it and share the magic with the world with the help of Kickstarter. We love how you have to figure out the riddle […]
Enthralled by the colourful, unpredictable and disjointed imperfections of glitch art, Drew Taylor and I created the AlphbabeNt project: we’d break the 26 characters of the Latin alphabet. Tempered with an unfettered belief in the power of print, we published the collection as a book to force the reader to stop and consider the new […]
Australian airline Qantas have always been at the forefront of innovation. Partnering with advertising network Droga5 and publishers Hachette, their latest initiative sees the airline creating a series of novels that last for only as long as the flight. Entitled ‘Stories For Every Journey’, the series is a pretty neat idea. The only we problem […]
One of my favorite contemporary artists and songwriters, Mark Oliver Everett, also known as Eels or ‘E’, has released an eye-opening autobiography and he doesn’t want to bore you with shit that doesn’t matter. He’s completely honest and it’s an amazing experience to get the full story about his family, his depressive whereabouts and the […]
At first view, it looks like a normal marble sculpture. However, Long-Bin Chen uses books, newspapers, magazines, and other material that have been discarded as the medium for creating his sculptures. This act of recycling paper-based material informs Chen’s work and the figures he creates are of an odd and extraordinary beauty. Buddha faces, Aztec and Chinese warriors, the human figure, land maps, and entire rooms are magically created out of discards from our ‘paper society’. One of the most interesting sights during Art Basel Week.
Fifty Shades of Grey? Yawn. 99 Shades of Grey? Now we’re talking. Purporting to be ‘a book for people who like the color grey’, 99 Shades of Grey is a real book — following some rather overwhelming support on Kickstarter that had it bagging close to $10,000, well ahead of its $600 goal — with 99 pages of grey shades in progressive intensity. What a brilliant idea.
Remember those quiet books your mom made you as a child? What better way to keep a child silently busy, right? Harry Potter And The Quiet Book is my latest in a series of nerdy quiet books for kids. Open Harry’s Hogwarts acceptance letter, drive/fly Harry and Ron to school, dress up Hermione for the ball, and more with this interactive educational 11 page felt book.