Have you met Cecilia Levy? She is a Swedish artist who makes the most beautiful, fragile objects using only the pages of old (like 100+ years old) books and paper mache glue. Sometimes she uses blank pages, other times she uses printed portions, and the words selected can be either chosen or random. In this bowl, she uses the dyed edges of a book to add lines of color.
Here she uses the numbered page corners as a design motif.
These furry "hobo boots" look wearable, though fragile. Again, these are made with nothing but old book pages and glue.
For this detail of a piece called "cuckoo's nest," the odd egg out is made with leaves cut from the unstrung center folds of a book.
There's much more to see on her online gallery. I love how she uses the imperfections — the natural features — of the paper in her designs. I am a huge fan of using found materials, and for letting their odd, sometimes aged or damaged selves shine.
I'm Debbie Way, an artist and writer who enjoys making things.