Thumbprint Portraits

I am quite enamoured by these thumbprint portraits created by artist Cheryl Sorg.

Cheryl creates the portraits using your own thumbprint and the titles of your favourite fifty or sixty books. “This custom work is especially for the avid reader and the resulting artwork will be a truly one-of-a-kind portrait that captures you, through the things you’ve read and loved, been transported and transformed by.” What a unique idea!

Thumbprint portraits

Thumbprint portraits

Thumbprint portraits

Typologies

I find collections of things really fascinating. I collect old, old letters (I think my oldest is from the late 1800’s), vintage postcards of bears, sugar skulls, crucifixes and magazines (I lost count at 500). I think that’s why I love these prints from Typologies – they show how things can be the same but so very different too.

So, what do you collect?

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Writers and Their Typewriters

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Moon Phases

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Evolution of the Surfboard

Typologies
Great American Novels

Typologies
Snowflakes

Book Art by Brian Dettmer

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Leaves of Grass 2014

Brian Dettmer
Leaves of Grass 2014 Detail

I can’t remember where I first came across Brian Dettmer’s work but the images of his amazingly detailed book sculptures have stayed with me. I admire artists like Brian so much. He sees unlimited potential in books. He sees past their function.

“The richness and depth of the book is universally respected yet often undiscovered as the monopoly of the form and relevance of the information fades over time. The book’s intended function has decreased and the form remains linear in a non-linear world,” says Brian. “By altering physical forms of information and shifting preconceived functions, new and unexpected roles emerge. This is the area I currently operate in. Through meticulous excavation or concise alteration I edit or dissect communicative objects or systems such as books, maps, tapes and other media. The medium’s role transforms. Its content is recontextualized and new meanings or interpretations emerge.”

Brian Dettmer
The Master and Margarita

The Mountain & I

The Mountain & I
This print by Arsenal Handicraft is awesome. By day you can see a mountaineer making his way up a rocky bluff. By night the print lights up, revealing the happy camper safely tucked in a tend on a plateau. So freaking cool

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