"The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, and all the sweet serenity of books." The other day, my friend, Lydia and I were talking about the first time we went to a library and got our library card. It was so magical. Growing up as a poor kid, the library was the best place on earth! I could get anything I wanted and it was FREE! Rows upon rows upon rows of anything I wanted to read. I remember one librarian questioning my choice in books. She said, "Those are a little old for you don't you think?" They were books on butterflies and animals and science. I guess it did seem odd for 6 year old to want these books, but I didn't care. I got them anyway!
Now today, while I do enjoy my magazines in digital format, there are many books in my collection that I will NEVER part with. I collect classic stories, wonderful children's books and a variety of educational and "coffee table" books. I can't imagine my life without them. I love the feel of the pages and the smell of the paper. I love being transported to a magical place. Unfortunately, as we
This illustration is from artist Kit Chase. (yes, I purchased it!)
However sometimes, just like for people, there is an opportunity to be reinvented. Sometimes all it takes is a someone who can look at things with a different perspective. A person who can still see the beauty and magic that exists in everything, but can give it a new purpose, a fresh start, a new light.
I would like to introduce book artist, Su Blackwell.
I found Su's work a few years ago and was mesmerized by her talent. She takes second hand, discarded books and turns them into art, which can once again be loved and enjoyed. Even though, the stories within their pages are now read digitally, Su pulls the magic from the actual pages. It is so beautiful and enchanting.
She has created window displays for big stores,
scenes for plays
and countless other projects with her book art.
Here is a wonderful video showcasing a piece she did for Crabtree and Evelyn. I think you will enjoy it very much.
There comes a time for everything when you fall down a rabbit hole and are forced to reinvent yourself. If not, you will be tossed aside, discarded and forgotten about. The world evolves. It's just as simple as that.
In closing, I would like to g thank you for your comments on my Friday post. I'm truly delighted it brought a smile to your face. You taking the time to comment brought a smile to mine. :) :) :)
Hugs and a most happy start to your week.
Michelle and the Bunnies