Saturday, July 6, 2013

Bookmooch, The Monsters of Templeton, and the Lost Art of Paper Cutting

Have you ever used Bookmooch? Bookmooch is a book swapping community that's perfect for people who prefer to own, not borrow, books. It's simple: Give a book away, and get a book you want. It's free to use, but when yo send off a book you do pay postage, so I recommend small, lightweight books--NOT gigantic tomes.

A few years ago I cleaned out my shelves and used Bookmooch to get rid of the books I didn't want to keep anymore. I earned credits for the books I gave away, and I've been saving those credits for the few books I really want to add to my collection. Of course, that means I have to wait for someone to make those books available on Bookmooch. But Bookmooch makes it easy by sending you an e-mail when a book on your wishlist is available.

Sometimes months go by without something I want becoming available, but last week someone listed one of my favorite books, The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff. It just arrived! Isn't it pretty? The more I looked at it, the more curious I was about the cover artist, Beth White.

I looked her up and discovered that she isn't a painter or graphic designer; she's a papercut artist and creates these intricate designs with a piece of black paper and scissors. One false snip, and the piece would be ruined! Wow. Can you imagine the time and patience it took to cut every little leaf? Her portfolio is here, and you may recognize more of her book covers. One of the covers she created is now adorned with a Newbury medal!

1 comment:

  1. I read an article on paper cutting not too long ago; I was intrigued! This design is beautifully done :)




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