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Beyond Books: Book Art From the Alchemical Codex Society: Guest Post by Elena Mary Siff

Cultivating the Center number two Book of handmade paper and collage

Cultivating the Center | ElenaMary

I have been creating unique book objects for many years. After searching long and hard for other book artists on Etsy, I have found these wonderful creations. I looked specifically for unusual book structures, non-traditional materials and obvious hand work on each book. These book works attracted my attention right away. Each is unique and exists in the space between art and book. It is very difficult to locate book art on Etsy as there is no category for such art. I think this work is more art than book. There is no Etsy sub-category in “ART” for book art so we are all quite invisible on the huge site. Therefore I decided to start an Etsy team for book artists called The Alchemical Codex Society:  Book Artists of Etsy.

We are now an elite community of book makers and hope collectors will find us more easily. There is a solid collector base for book art and numerous exhibitions of artists’ books are held all over the world. So it is fitting that we are an international team. Please visit the etsy shops of these book artists and discover a world BEYOND BOOKS!

Do the Dishes


alone with silence 2 - ooak


Bookmobile-The Seven Golden Cities


Cone Book Sculpture


Autumnal Library 11 antique and scrap leather books for the neck black walnut, yellow ochre, burnt sienna, crimson, sap green and soot


Book Sculpture of Recycled Book and Collage of Wallpaper, Framed


Vintage Book Wreath Brain Anatomy Antique Medical Book for Doctor's Office or Study Decor


Folded Dinosaur Book


Altered Book - Burrows


Flower Garden Altered Book


The House Book


Sleeper on Book Birdie (Original Sculpture)


Seattle Skyline Book


An Incomplete History of Clams


Peace on Earth, Pop Up and Artist Book


OOAK Original Art Tree Book Sculpture Free US Shipping




Book Art - Rubaiyat - neutral


Remember when we were infallible - Mixed Media Altered Book


~Elena Mary Siff

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  • indira

    incredible collection!

  • http://eightymillion.etsy.com Jennifer Schulting

    Hi Elena,

    Kudos to you for starting this team, a job well done. This collection is amazing! What a great, unique, handmade gift you could give someone. Books are for all generations, the talent of your team shines!

    So hard to pick a favorite…..

  • http://jorpins.tumblr.com/ ejorpin

    Amazing stuff! True creativity and inspiration here – about to go share the post with our Paper Lovers group on Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_162388270451823&ap=1

  • Artsnark

    what fun! Some fascinating creations – thanks for sharing

  • http://www.etsy.com/artfields Yaela Kolberg

    I love book art and want to try and dabble in it myself. I’m glad to find a team of book artists on etsy. Until now,I have stumbled on some of them occassionaly -with great joy.

  • jonscreations

    How awesome….love the necklace!

  • http://twitter.com/BluKatDesign Heather

    Very interesting!

  • http://twitter.com/BluKatDesign Heather

    Very interesting!

  • Kiahdesign

    Its great to find this and all the wonderful books- thank you. I had thought to put my artists books on Etsy and to know there is a community there is wonderful- off to have a look!

  • whyte

    So cool, lots of talent here ElenaMary!! Thanks for sharing, I had no clue there was a team like this on etsy. I’ve seen book art in books and mags and never thought to look for it on etsy…..wow!!

  • Pulpa

    Absolutely Spectacular!

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