:: Book sculpture + narrative art ::

Guildford, England · 37 Sales


:: Book sculpture + narrative art ::

Guildford, England 37 Sales On Etsy since 2014

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Words Ink


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Holly M

Holly M on 14 Aug, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

NIchola is quite easy to work with and very creative. She worked closely with me which made this all very fun! The book is astounding - it comes alive with energy as hummingbirds burst into the air, and the book title is clever and charming. I am thrilled!,


benmoney on 17 Feb, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

We bought this for my mum's sixtieth birthday, Nichola delivered it by hand to an agreed meeting point. The sculpture has immaculate detail and is a really pretty object. My mum loves it, and she's intending to put it in a kind of glass case. Fantastic customer service, really pleased. Thanks ! ! :)

Craig Walker

Craig Walker on 19 Jan, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I was looking for a unique present for my wife's Christmas and stumbling across this shop is the best thing that could have happened. Fantastic product which is beautifully crafted and exceeds my expectations. Shipping and packaging was also excellent. Seller was a real pleasure to work with and was more than willing to accomodate my requests. Will definitely be using the store again and I recommend you all to do so. Thanks again for a terrific service and product.

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:: Be the flame not the moth ::

In the beginning, as always, are the words. I am a ‘words words or I shall burst’ person; passionate about literature, art and poetry. That is how I enter the world. I'm a published writer, but also have another way of telling stories.

Book sculpting began in a small way, as most things do. Many years ago when I lived in Hong Kong, I saw a man making origami figures and boats and creating scenes in a tiny shop on Hong Kong Island. I was struck by their power, and never forgot it. Years later I started playing with the idea of turning books into art; essentially coercing familiar characters to emerge from the landscape of their own story.

Now, books are becoming works of art in their own right, and there is something fascinating about destroying and recreating in a different form – essentially retelling the same story in a different way which gives it a new, magical and transporting power. When we read a story, it inhabits a mental shape, but in our increasingly visual world, people engage viscerally with the stories as a physical reality, and there is no longer a separation of the two.

So, if the words aren’t flowing, I can pick up my scalpel and get cutting.
- One word after another, or one cut after another.

Even epic starts in a small way.

:: Exhibitions ::

:: Upcoming ::

:: Christmas exhibition 2017 Lingwood Samuel ::

:: 2018 :: Exhibition at New Ashgate Gallery ::

:: PRESENCE exhibition 12th November 2016 :: http://www.lingwoodsamuelart.com/

:: 2015 :: http://www.purbeckliteraryfestival.info/books-but-not-as-we-know-them

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Shop policies

Last updated on 24 March, 2016
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Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I don't accept returns, exchanges or cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
:: Please contact me instantly if you are unhappy with your purchase. Refunds are considered on a case by case basis but please note you will be responsible for shipping costs regarding returns which means professional packing and secure, trackable shipping. (This is very expensive so please be sure before ordering items)... You have the right to return certain products but you MUST CONTACT ME within 14 days of receipt.

:: Sorry, but no refunds on custom items ::
:: I accept paypal . You don't need to have a paypal account to make your purchase. I can ship your purchase quickly as soon as your payment has been made and cleared ::
:: Please make sure your Etsy address is current. I will be using it for shipping unless a different address is requested. Please convo me for insuring your items when shipping, which I strongly recommend for the larger pieces as I cannot be held responsible for damaged items due to shipping.

If receiving a parcel outside of the UK you may be charged customs fees. These fees are NOT my responsibility and will not be prepaid. The fee will be a percentage of the purchase price of the item. Ask your local post office for the exact percentage.

Thanks ::
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:: More information regarding custom items: Please note that I may use images of previous custom orders for listings, banner images in my shop, or any other marketing materials ::