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Nikki VanRy

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Nikki VanRy is a proud resident of Arizona, where she gets to indulge her love of tacos, desert storms, and tank tops. She also writes for the Tucson Festival of Books, loves anything sci-fi/fantasy/historical, drinks too much chai, and will spend all day in bed reading thankyouverymuch. Follow her on Instagram @nikki.vanry.

I don’t hold books sacred.

My shelves are a sea of dog-eared pages, top AND bottom. Those top dog-ears note where I am, of course, and the bottom folds highlight pages I want to go back to. When I’m really jiving with a book, I’ll even pull out the double-fold dog-ear for those passages that just get me.

Now, if the thought of all those dog-eared pages made you shudder, don’t go further.

If you dig some sacrilege with your books, however, keep on. There are amazing artists out there who are going way beyond the dog-ear with their folded book art.

Note: Support your book artists! When I could find them, I’ve included buy links. All images are from the artist websites linked to before each collection. 

Rachael Ashe (Buy)

Book art from Rachael Ashe's "Altered Books: Owls" collection

Book art from Rachael Ashe's "Altered Books: Owls" collection

Book art from Rachael Ashe's "Altered Books: Owls" collection

 

Pam Langdon

Folded book art by Pam Langdon

Folded book art by Pam Langdon

Folded book art by Pam Langdon

 

Claire Ranson (Buy

Folded book art by Claire Ranson

Folded book art by Claire Ranson

Folded book art by Claire Ranson

 

There’s also loads of book artists on Etsy who are selling their pieces of art or templates for you to learn the craft. Here’s a list of some of my favorite shops.

Book Origami

Folded book art from Book Origami Etsy shop

 

The Folded Book Page

Folded book art from The Folded Book Page Etsy shop

 

Luciana Frigerio 

Folded book art from Luciana Frigerio Etsy shop

 

Do you have any favorite book artists? Have you tried your hand at creating folded book art like this?