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The Magical Book Art of Malena Valcárcel

Becky Stone

Staff Writer

Becky Stone loves to read stories about princesses who save themselves and firmly believes that a mug of hot chocolate paired with the right novel can solve almost any problem. Becky recently did that thing where you leave your safe, easy job to try to make money doing what you love, and is now a professional jewelry lover and freelance writer. You can find more of Becky at her blog, Diamonds in the Library, where she writes about both jewelry and books. Twitter: @DiamondsintheLi

I know that every time we feature book art there is some degree of outcry about desecration and book murdering, but I think any book would be honored by the chance to be transformed into something new by the hands of artist Malena Valcárcel.

Rose tree book art sculpture by Malena Valcárcel

Valcárcel collects discarded books and transforms them into nightlights, wall hangings, jewelry, headbands, and sculptures of unbelievable beauty. She says she loves to work with materials as “lost, found and forgotten” and describes her work as “for people who are also a little lost, found and forgotten.”

Into the Unknown book art sculpture by Malena Valcárcel

This one is called “Into the Unknown” and I’m a little obsessed with it.

Night light house book art sculpture by Malena Valcárcel

This little treehouse sculpture doubles as a night light: the little house has a light inside! Either that, or there are fairies living in it.

Paper house ring book art sculpture by Malena Valcárcel

This one is a ring in the form of a tiny paper house bursting with love. Look at the impossibly tiny windows and doors! I’m not actually sure how wearable this is, but it’s so cute I can’t even care. It reminds me a little bit of the house from Up, which both delights me and makes me want to cry because that movie breaks my heart.

Flowers in the chimney book art sculpture by Malena Valcárcel

The use of color in this one blows me away. It has such an almost Suessian or Alice in Wonderland feel to it. I also love that it’s next to a vase full of paper flowers. I hope this artist’s house is as full of book sculptures as I’m imagining it is.

Romantic book art sculpture by Malena Valcárcel

What do you think of Valcárcel’s book art? Which sculpture would you chose if you could only have one?

All images via Malena Valcárcel’s Etsy store. Be warned: some of the piece I featured above are from her sold gallery. Check the listing before you fall in love.


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