by tag – illustration

Ghost National Forest, screenprinted pop-up book - kim ku

We’re suckers for accordion books, paper-cut, and whimsy. So at the LineWork NW festival, when we saw this little accordion from New York based illustrator/designer Kim Ku, it was a must-have. Check out her Etsy shop, where this item, and a few others are available.

For one more along these same lines see our earlier post on a Shelby Arnold project.

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shelf / / Kim Ku — posted on January 4th, 2015

Illustration by Lebbeus Woods

This is a companion to our recent post of Lebbeus Woods’ illustrations.

Prior to his wider recognition as an architect and theorist, Lebbeus Woods provided illustrations for several works of science-fiction. One of which was a book club edition of Arthur C. Clarke’s The Sentinel publish in 1983 by Berkley Books. This hardcover was simultaneously offered in a deluxe slip-cased edition of 465 copies, each signed by both Clarke and Woods. Nice.

While these illustrations are fantastic, perhaps Woods’ best-known intersection with science-fiction came later when he sued the makers of the film 12 Monkeys for undeniably appropriating some of his images for the film.

Enjoy.

For more Lebbeus Woods work, info and links, see our earlier posts on his illustrations for the Red Herring Poets, and on OneFiveFour.

Illustration by Lebbeus Woods

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Illustration by Lebbeus Woods

shelf / / Lebbeus Woods — posted on October 13th, 2013

This time a new year means throwing out an awesome calendar! We just took this one off the wall, but we had to share it with you before it goes for good. It’s the Space Garden 2012 Calendar from APAK (Aaron and Ayumi Piland), check out their whimsical wares, and if you still need a 2013 calendar, they can do that via Etsy

wall / / APAK — posted on January 3rd, 2013

The photos here are of Warja Lavater’s La Fable du Hasard, published by Adrien Maeght in 1968. Lavater, a Swiss graphic designer, book artist and patron saint of Ruins or Books, began in 1962 to craft the nineteen volumes in her “Folded Stories” series. All of which are as lovely as they are hard to find.

In fact, of the dozens of books that Warja Lavater created, there is only one book in print. The endlessly fascinating Pictograms on Nieves (Printed Matter link). This book, we could not recommend more.

Stay tuned to Warja Lavater. Her work is far too stunning and strikingly contemporary to stay under the radar and out of print long. Hopefully we’ll see a few monographs, reprints and exhibits in the next short while. Printed Matter has already done much to champion Lavater’s work with an exhibit and essay concerning collector Tony Zwicker‘s collection of Lavater’s work.

Speaking of Printed Matter, if you haven’t heard, they suffered major damage from Hurricane Sandy, so consider supporting them in getting back on their feet. And let’s all hope that their Lavater rarities survived the flood that consumed the stack of Warja Lavater’s the Rose and the Tree Frog here in the foreground.

shelf / / warja lavater — posted on November 15th, 2012

ruins or books

Architect-gone-illustrator Nigel Peake‘s excellent collection of books, zines and prints includes this beautiful catalogue of London’s Bridges.  In it Peake makes studies of the structures that are detailed to the point of abstraction.

ruins or books

ruins or books

ruins or books

ruins or books

ruins or books

Purchase your very own bridge paraphernalia: it comes in book or print.

Other reasons to love Nigel Peake include his blog, where he posts the occasional whimsical photograph of a garden hose, and his appreciation for bicycle touring.

shelf / / Nigel Peake — posted on July 26th, 2012

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