There are literally dozens of ways to put old books to art-use. Perhaps the most famous of these resulted in A Humument, in which pages of the book were altered with images and selected text. Joseph DeCamillis now takes the covers of old books to the next level.
Vintage books are transformed into works of art by DeCamillis with the insertion of miniature paintings on copper or steel plates, often the size of a postage stamp. Playing on the cover text, he is known to add collaged words from the pages inside the book, or he collages other materials (including his own text). Sometimes he does both. The finished result is awesome.
In order to create the alluring paintings, DeCamillis uses paint brushes with 3 hairs or less. They are stand-alone pieces of art in and of themselves. The paintings are elevated to another level when placed in the book cover's niche, and the cover becomes the frame for the art.
Once completed, the pages of the books are sealed closed forever. The cover is the story. And nothing is lost in the layers of the theme, whatever it may be. This is iconic art.
What inspirational, creative genius! The method and vision in which he works with fine art and vintage books is fresh and appealing, although DeCamillis has been creating these treasures for some time.
Here is some very good news: along with these altered books, Joe DeCamillis has various other mixed media book art (including quilts!). Be sure to visit his website here, where there is even more good news: there are some of these enshrined book art pieces available for purchase.
May you find inspiration all around you in this coming week
for your own creativity!
Photo credit on all photos: Joseph DeCamillis