Using something old to make something new.

I saw that one of the visual assignments for us was blacking out a newspaper to create a new story and I was wondering if you had been here: http://newspaperblackout.tumblr.com/ He has a book out, sells prints, and is an overall cool guy.

Also, along those same lines, author Jonathan Safran Foer die (dye?) cut the novel The Street of Crocodiles by Bruno Schulz and creates Tree of Codes. Here is a little thing about it. (JSF is one of my favorite authors, so I just thought I’d share who else has the idea of using something else to create something new). This is the synopsis of the book:

Tree of Codes is a haunting new story by best-selling American writer, Jonathan Safran Foer. With a different die-cut on every page, Tree of Codes explores previously unchartered literary territory. Initially deemed impossible to make, the book is a first — as much a sculptural object as it is a work of masterful storytelling. Tree of Codes is the story of an enormous last day of life — as one character’s life is chased to extinction, Foer multi-layers the story with immense, anxious, at times disorientating imagery, crossing both a sense of time and place, making the story of one person’s last day everyone’s story. Inspired to exhume a new story from an existing text, Jonathan Safran Foer has taken his “favorite” book, The Street of Crocodiles by Polish-Jewish writer Bruno Schulz, and used it as a canvas, cutting into and out of the pages, to arrive at an original new story told in Jonathan Safran Foer’s own acclaimed voice.” From B&N.

Another person who does this is tumblr name wingsandboots. She uses books and then draws designs through it to make her poetry (like this awesome thing):

It says “the soft slopes breathe again … her flesh.
the delicate sun light and beauty pass.
The breeze soft and quiet
his happiness total.”

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2 responses to “Using something old to make something new.

  1. That picture of the poem with the tree blacking out the other words is really epic.

  2. oOOH I really like how the tree person thing was done! very impressive!

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