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I’ve shared Brian Dettmer’s inspirational re-creation of books in earlier post – Beyond words! Amazing book art!!– but in this TED talk by Dettmer we are able to develop an understanding of not just how he creates his work, but why he does what he does with certain books.  Understanding the essence of his reasoning seems to lend his work even more life than it had previously.

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Sometimes I just can’t find the words to describe the amazing talent of artists’ creations or the beauty of the works they create.

Beautiful aren’t they!

When I first saw the work of Brian Dettmer, a Chicago born artist, I was blown away.   It seems to defy belief that anyone can sculpt such amazingly complex creations from books, but a quick look at Dettmer’s webpage shows that he has a host of such creations.

Exploring how the content of a book can be explored from a different angle, Dettmer’s work embodies a new and different approach to book art.   Writing about the process involved in creating his work, Dettmer says:

….. I begin with an existing book and seal its edges, creating an enclosed vessel full of unearthed potential. I cut into the surface of the book and dissect through it from the front. I work with knives, tweezers and surgical tools to carve one page at a time, exposing each layer while cutting around ideas and images of interest. Nothing inside the books is relocated or implanted, only removed. Images and ideas are revealed to expose alternate histories and memories. My work is a collaboration with the existing material and its past creators and the completed pieces expose new relationships of the book’s internal elements exactly where they have been since their original conception.

Take a close up look at how Dettmer creates his works in this CBS interview:

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