Saturday, November 26, 2011

Shelf Candy Saturday : The Night Circus, Illustrated by Helen Musselwhite

 enjoyed  Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus and the cover (both UK and US ) fit the whimsical theme and feel of the novel.

The Artist : Helen Musselwhite

Musselwhite, isn't your typical artist, her medium isn't paint and paper. . .it's just paper.Believer it or not but her paper creations are handmade in her U.K studio.

"Each piece combines the hand cutting, folding and scoring of a wide range of papers and card that are further worked on to create patterned and textured surfaces. They are then used to build scenes in box frames which are often complex and consist of many layers. This process means that each item of work is truly individual with no two pieces the same.Influenced by the natural world each piece is manipulated to become an intriguing place, a glimpse into another world of fiction and fairytale."

Here are a few of my favorites, her designs are simple and clean. All of her work seems to fit the fantastical themes in The Night Circus.

Here are some examples of her paper artwork

Musselwhite even created this original art piece that was given to Erin Morgenstern.

Musselwhite also produced this early version of the cover that was posted on Morgenstern's website.

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  1. beautiful work and this book is sitting in my TBR pile screaming "read me"

  2. I am so glad that you are participating in Shelf Candy. This is a beautiful post. I love this cover. It is just so unique. Thank you for including other examples of Helen Musselwhite's other work.

  3. @ Kibma88 - read it read it, read it !

  4. I adore owls!!!! And, that is spectacular!!! I haven't really had any interest in this book but now I'm going to check it out!

  5. I love these artworks! They are very pretty! I like the cover of the book---cute!! Thank you for sharing!

    Thank you for stopping by and commenting on my blog again! I didn't do the top 10, but I do like the cover of Someone Else's Life. I will be reading this book for my next year's Reading Challenge, hosted by myself.

    Books For All Seasons


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