Book Art

Long have I prefered DeviantArt to Flickr, as I like the more ecclectic collection of ‘deviations’ (or text/art/photo/whatever-you-submissions) to the focus on photography at Flickr.

One of the best thinigs that I have found through my ramblings through DA are the other (seemingly increasing amount of?) ‘deviants’ and groups working on pieces of BOOK ART.

Take for example this whole group dedicated to making book arts:

Or this group, where altered books are featured (I think the difference is a focus on assemblege?)

Here are some examples of two excellent pieces by the deviant hogret:

the books never tell you. by hogret

the books never tell you. by hogret

autobiography (work in progress). by hogret

autobiography (work in progress). by hogret

The other genre of visual/written blending featured heavily in the DeviantArt groups is visual poetry.  From what I can see it’s a more established genre, but please tell me more if you know.

Some of my favourite pieces come from deviants carrieola and giantshadow, who often contribute their work to the Daily Poetics group.

Here are a couple to help you get the idea:

cosmic cradle on canvas. by carrieola

cosmic cradle on canvas. by carrieola

universed. by giantshadows

universed. by giantshadows

Enjoy 🙂


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  1. #1 by kmcg2375 on June 7, 2011 - 4:37 pm

    If I was teaching English this year, my class would so be making some Book Art!

  2. #2 by Associate Professor Susanne Gannon on June 7, 2011 - 5:34 pm

    You are teaching English – have your QUT students make some!!

  3. #4 by Imelda Judge on June 13, 2011 - 4:01 pm

    Love the deviantART site you suggested. Hate the name! However will use it to stimulate creative writing in Extension 1 Kelli! Thank you. Your feeds are very helpful and insightful!

  4. #5 by carolynnightingale on June 30, 2011 - 2:33 am

    These are wonderful. I’ve taught found poems and altered books, but I never combined them. My students will be doing this after the summer – thanks! I’m thinking about tying it to the idea of “Narrative Transportation” that I want to explore at the start of first semester. Thanks:)

    • #6 by kmcg2375 on June 30, 2011 - 11:54 am

      ‘Narrative transformation’ sounds like an excellent concept to explore. I love it!
      I have been thinking more about the saying ‘the medium is the message’ and am discovering that I am in fact really unsatisfied with how English and Language Arts subjects marginalise the impact of medium. It even speaks to the significance of digitally published texts and narrative, don’t you think?

  5. #7 by carolynnightingale on June 30, 2011 - 7:14 pm

    I think there’s a deep-rooted notion that writing great volumes equals rigor, and this impacts people’s perception of medium. Perhaps some feel a little guilty if a medium isn’t text-heavy, even though it might require analysis, evaluation and synthesis, perhaps much more so than a traditional essay.

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