26.8.10

Eye Spy: Su Blackwell

In normal circumstances I would shudder at the very notion of someone taking a craft knife to a book.

However,
the skill and imagination involved in this work really is inspiring stuff.


Eye Spy: Su Blackwell






”I often work within the realm of fairy-tales and folk-lore. I began making a series of book-sculpture, cutting-out images from old books to create three-dimensional diorama’s, and displaying them inside wooden boxes”.

”For the cut-out illustrations, I tend to lean towards young-girl characters, placing them in haunting, fragile settings, expressing the vulnerability of childhood, while also conveying a sense of childhood anxiety and wonder. There is a quiet melancholy in the work, depicted in the material used, and choice of subtle colour.”

Words taken From Su's web profile see here.

21 comments:

  1. Incredible talent!
    Where did you get ot konw about this artist?
    I gotta see this in person if it's on display.

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  2. Oh I so love her work. I once based a shoot around it. Wonderful. Xxxx

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  3. I've just realised that they're spelling errors in my former post...haha.
    Anyway I've also been to the website and the work is superb.

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  4. Wow, those are really good.

    My uncle gave me a book when I was younger than had a hole cut out in the middle so you could secretly store stuff in it.

    I really want to find it because I used to LOVE it.

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  5. This is trylu amazing...fairytales and folk-lore...Im in love x

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  6. Oh my that is fantastic and oh so intricate.It must have taken the artist a very long time.

    I absolutely adore the first picture.I love trees! :D

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  7. It was a Christmas issue for a magazine. We had fake snow and an iridescent background with trees. I then commissioned a model maker to create over sized snowflakes which we hung into the shot. I would have liked to have filled the set more with cut out trees too but the budget was restrictive. The inspiration came from the work I was seeing of Su's in magazines at the time. Her work is magical and amazing. How she does it fills me with awe. Xxxx

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  8. my-my...the intricate details!
    truly amazing...someone has the talent+patience!
    xo*

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  9. Amazing. Incredible talent! My favourite would have to be the second to last design of the evergreen forest.
    The lights makes the composition feel mysterious and secretive. x

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  10. Wow..the talent this takes is amazing!! I can't even cut in a straight line..lol

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  11. OMG, this is really brilliant! I've never seen anything like this :D

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  12. I actually cringed a little when I saw them, only because I can't stand when someone dog ear's a book, let alone take a knife to them!!

    but after I got over my nerotic worries, it does seem quite lovely. :)

    You always find the most amazing art!!!

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  13. Sorry this is so late!!

    Though I don't think I could do it myself, these are FANTASTIC. I like the idea that the story in the book influences what kind of sculpture she makes from the pages... my favourite is the row of girls in the forest.

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  14. WOW! that is pure amazing.

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  15. i wish I had the creativity to do something like this ^^

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  16. WOw, I love it!
    check out my igveaway!

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  17. This is amazing!!! Wow!!! I bet it took her forever to make these...anyway, I really like the piece where it's second to the last photo...I'm not exactly sure how to explain it, but i really like it coz' reminds me of sleepy hallow/werewolf (in red little riding hood)...like something dark and mysterious behind those woods.

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  18. You fo sho?!
    This is stunning! Inspires me so much.... Even if I could only dream of making something look as half as good!

    I love your blog and your inspiring posts!

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  19. Childhood anxiety. Great post, I appreciate you and I would like to read your next post.

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