Seattle based illustrator Isobelle Ouzman breathes new life into discarded books by turning them into sculptural works of art. She cuts away parts of the pages from the book and draws bind-blowing nature scenes framed with dense trees, tall grasses, intertwined branches and flowers. She calls her creations 'Altered Books'. Her work is primarily in black-and-white tones with some color that gives an impression of a glowing light at the end of the path creating a fairytale land drawing the viewer in.
Using an xacto knife, plenty of glue, pens, and watercolors Isobelle Ouzman creates stunning 3D sculptures. Each book can take anywhere from two to three months to complete.
“Every book that I alter was found by a dumpster in Seattle, a recycling bin, a thrift store, or was given to me by someone who no longer wants it,” she shared. “Rather than have these discarded books sit out in the rain or in some store to gather dust, I’m striving to make good use of them. I love books very much and would never carve into one that was valuable. I just want to give them a new life and a second chance to mean something again.”
You can see more of Isobelle's amazing 3D book sculptures as well as illustrations on her website.