Fabio Morais’ altered atlas

I love this altered book by Fabio Morais, in which he’s cut out all of the continents and islands, leaving only the oceans. The simplicity of this idea and the strength of its execution – look at how accurately the land was cut out! – leave us to enjoy the subtle colors, the forms and shapes made by the overlapping cut-outs, and the way it changes how we read the book. Old atlases and other ephemera are already so lovely and fun, even un-altered, especially to those of us who love books (and often by extension, old-fashioned things); it’s wonderful to see this kind of material used in such a simple and successful way.

Discovered via ullabenulla.

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Naomi Bardoff
Naomi Bardoff
In 2010 Naomi Bardoff graduated from Bard College, where she majored in fine arts and studied watercolor, ink drawing, and book-making. She has also taken classes at the Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts. Since moving to the San Francisco Bay Area, Naomi has been working on her illustration portfolio, working in offices, and volunteering and taking classes at the San Francisco Center for the Book. In addition to the SFCB blog, she blogs on her art blog, naomese - naomi bardoff's art blog; and pins to her Pinterest boards. Her own book work can be found on her website.

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