Artist Isobelle Ouzman Carves Old Books into Intricate 3D Illustrations
Using pens, glue sticks and an x-acto knife, illustrator Isobelle Ouzman, transforms books that she finds in recycling bins and thrift stores into three-dimensional natural scenes filled with flowers, trees, ferns and animals. Ouzman's work is a visually striking statement against the decline of printed books in our technology-driven society. "Rather than have these discarded books sit out in the rain or in some store to gather dust, I’m trying to make good use of them." She explains, "I love books very much and would never carve into one that was valuable. I’m just trying to bring them back to life. Make them mean something once more."