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Bookshelf: Pop-up books and a seriously cute dog in the fun-filled bookshelf of Jen Stark

Lover of all things rainbow miss Jen Stark is here to brighten up your Saturday morning with her exuberant, super-visual book collection. A self-confessed pop-up book lover, Jen’s books tend to be the type you can move and play with, which is fitting considering the fun-filled colour explosions of her of her artwork that we’ve been admiring for many years now. She’s also got a pretty cute dog to boot. Here we go…

Black-spots

600 Black Spots by David A. Carter

David A. Carter: 600 Black Spots

This book is the sequel to One Red Dot by the same author, and is a journey to discover and count the black dots on each page. The paper sculptures these pop-up artists can create are just mind-blowing to me. How can something so flat pop into existence and sometimes even move or make noise, then flatten neatly back down as the page turns? So amazing!

How-many

How Many by Ron Van Der Meer

Ron Van Der Meer: How Many

This book is filled with beautifully intricate paper sculptures. I have a collection of around 20 pop-up books. Whenever I see a unique one, I snatch it up. I love interactive quality and being able to make something flat pop to life. None of the books I chose for this project have many words in them. They’re all interactive picture books and each has a mind-bending and trippy aspect to it. I love altering my sense of reality.

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Poemotion" by Takahiro Kurashima

Takahiro Kurashima: Poemotion

I recently got this book at an LA art fair in Printed Matter’s booth. I’m not a huge book collector, but anything that inspired or influences my art I purchase in a heart beat. This is a very psychedelic book that comes with a transparency that seems to make the designs move, vibrate, pulse, and spin as you glide it across the page. I love it and want to collect more trippy optical illusion art books!

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Art Forms in Nature by Ernst Haeckel

Ernst Haeckel: Art Forms in Nature

I love old nature prints and illustrations and this guy, Ernst Haeckel is a genius. These color prints were all created in the late 1800’s. He advocated Darwin’s theory of Evolution and was a biologist trying to discover a new way to classify the form of living things. The pages in this book are filled with fantastic drawings of forms based on designs in nature. It is a great book to have at my fingertips since my artwork is greatly influenced by organic designs and evolution.

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Phantograms From Nature by Barry Rothstein

Barry Rothstein: Phantograms From Nature

3-D images have always intrigued me. This book is a great example of huge, lovely images that pop off the page that you can almost touch. Putting 3-D glasses on is always fun and I love being transported to another dimension. The idea of creating a 3-dimensional image out of a flat photo is so facinating to me, and I love studying how these people can create such magical images.