The Folded Book Art by Isaac G. Salazar

New Mexico book artist Isaac G. Salazar folding the pages of books to create new words out of old books.

The designs are made up of folded pages with minor cuts.

His inspiration comes from multiple things and places like browsing the used book section for titles that stand out to him.

"If the title of a book represents a positive and inspiring message that also meshes with the word or design I fold into the book, I can't help but feel that what I am creating is meant to be."

He likes to take a book that would otherwise end up in a landfill and turn it into art.

He rarely uses new books, unless commissioned to. This way, he gets a sense of satisfaction that his hobby can contribute to reducing waste.

"The reason I chose books as my medium is really because in this day and age of growing technology tablets, the book is slowly becoming a dying breed. There are so many books circulating in this world that it would be a true shame to see such "blank canvas's" being discarded."

"They may have out lived their life of providing someone with a wonderful story but their story doesn't have to end there. By turning these books into works of art and displaying inspiring words or symbols I feel that I provide a new life and purpose for the books and more importantly give people a reason to once again take a look at books in a new light."

"Each book has it's own set of difficulties, the more detailed the word or design the more complex the preparation. I have however had a few pieces that surprised me in how quickly I was able to complete them. The hardest book took me two weeks to complete, and the easiest was two days - though keep in mind I only work on these books in the evening and weekends, as I have a full time job."

Isaac Salazar's book art has appeared in magazines (like these following ad campaign for the Filigranes Librarie) across the globe, but it all started with the simple search for a hobby.

"I never imagined that my work would have generated such a positive impact."

"It gives me a great deal of pride knowing that my hobby provides inspiration, art and in a small way also helps the environment."

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