If you had to distill a book down to a single image, what would it be? In essence, that’s the idea behind Tomoko Takeda’s latest project monogatari no danpen (fragments of stories). Except the artist and art director takes her concept one step – or one cut, if you will – further.
By meticulously cutting and folding the actual pages, Takeda creates “books that are enjoyed by looking rather than reading.” The work is reminiscent of artists like Noriko Ambe and Nerhol, who also use books and their pages as canvas. The Tokyo-based Takeda, an art director for major ad agency Dentsu, chose major literary masterpieces like “Flowers for Algernon” and Soseki Natsume’s seminal “I am a cat.” You can see more of her work on Behance.