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Samuel Jordan and Jonny Love love paper. They love it so much that they create these wonderful paper sculptures. We had a quick interview with Jonny Love about their work.

How would you describe your work
I use a varied body of material and concepts to create intricate and busy spaces. It is my fascination with the human desire to fill empty spaces and my own personal obsession with collecting insignificant visuals in every day magazines which influences and becomes part of my work. My work ranges from tiny Library’s in glass domes, vast city scapes in ink that roll on into the horizon seemingly forever, to collections of colour arranged across canvases.

Why Paper as a material?
Paper is packed with potential. Non more so than a clean, white, uncreased sheet. From this, you can change its colour, record your thoughts, share your dreams, express your love, print your memories, tell a story, share news…. I could go on and on, and this is even before I get to changing its shape. My fondness of paper started when my father taught me how to fold a piece into a crane which when pulled in a certain way, would flap its wings. It was an exciting and almost mysterious experience, perhaps even religious, something of which i feel only a magician could explain.
Paper is something of a huge pleasure now, the noise of scissors cutting into crisp white. Or pinching a fold between your nails to create a sharp edge. Or opening an expensive glossy magazine for the first time, revealing its vibrant inner soul. You see for me its more than just paper. Its love.

I love the archives, where did this idea come from?
I love books and have a vast collection. Currently i am acquiring books faster than i can read, even more so the busier i become. The Archives represents all the material I am yet to read. Using white paper perfectly represented my feelings of the unread books – I am yet to know what story/pictures/information they hold, so to me they are blank. It would be marvelous if by some Hocus Pocus when i do start reading them, the Archives with bloom into colour.

Do you have any show coming up where we can see all your artwork?
Wimbledon Open Studios Art Show, May 16th-19th 🙂

Writers block library

writers block collage

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The Unsorted Akashic Records

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A giant maze was constructed at the Royal Festival Hall as part of the South Bank Centre’s Festival of the World. The installation is called aMAZEme and it is built with more than 250,000 books. The creators are two Brazilians, Marcos Saboya and Gualter Pupo, and it has been inspired by the stories of the Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges, who was obssesed with labyrinths and mazes, you will find a lot of references in his books.
It took 4 days to build it, with books donated by Oxfam and publishers from London and around the UK. People can touch the books or even read them and once it is deconstructed, all the books will be donated to Oxfam. It will be on until August 25th.

I went yesterday to see the exhibition about illuminated manuscripts in the British Library. If you are in London, you MUST see it. The ticket is £5 if you are student.
The exhibition is really well organised, the books are incredibly well preserved.
Bibles, Psalters, books of hours, Gospel-books are lavishly illustrated, with the finest materials and made by the best craftsmen of the time. It’s very breathtaking the idea that in front of your eyes, you have books that are more than 1000 years old, it’s impressive that they have actually survived all this time.
The text and illustrations of these books show how people lived in that time, how they dressed, the customs and the importance of religion. Kings from the Anglo Saxons to the Tudors commissioned and owned these handwritten copies of Christian texts. Most of them are in Latin, but some are in French as well because they were translated.
The richness of these images are absolutely wonderful. All the detail, the work on the letters, the decoration on every page are a spectacular work of dedication and devotion.

BBC started a very good series called “Illuminations”, where they explore the world of Medieval manuscripts. You should watch it really. Very interesting.

The exhibition will on until March 13th, for more information read it here