Artist Isaac Salazar recycles old books into surprising works of art by folding in the pages to make words and shapes visible on the edges of the book. He’s posted much of his work on Flickr, although his Etsy page says that he no longer accepts custom orders for these beautiful books. Via Recyclart:
“I see my work as a way to display a meaningful piece of art onto a book that would otherwise sit on a shelf and collect dust; it’s also my way of recycling a book that might otherwise end up in a landfill.
The words or symbols I use are drawn from anything that invokes inspiration or encouragement, such as “Read”, “Dream” and the Recycle symbol. If my work also makes people look at a book and even art in a new light then the piece has done its job.”
I imagine that making this means tracing a flattened version of the image onto the edge of the book, then carefully folding to meet the lines of that tracing (and perhaps cutting when necessary, to fold in the smaller curves).
As a side note, do you think Mr. Salazar frequently receives Harry Potter jokes? Because all I could think was “SLYTHERIN” when I saw his last name…