Artist Richard Tuttle creates one of a kind bindings that capture the spirit of classic books including Animal Farm, Jurassic Park and Dracula.
Artist Richard Tuttle’s sculptural book covers are 3D interpretations of popular titles, including Animal Farm, Jurassic Park, Dracula, and more. These one of a kind bindings capture the spirit of the book and create a piece of art out of a literary work.
Tuttle has designed a number of original bindings for classic novels, creating unique editions. The Jurassic Park book has been rebound in full snake leather (which he calls “Velociraptor Hide”) with an inlaid INGEN label on the front board and the author’s name affixed to a label on the spine.
The Animal Farm book has been rebound in full pig skin over sculpted boards with imprints of actual pig’s feet. The Raven book has been bound in black goat leather covered boards with feathered endpaper treatments to give the impression of a raven in flight. Tuttle describes his work:
I make literary artifacts. They are designed to pull books down off the shelf and display them in the salon, gallery or home as if they were works of art, which, of course, they are. Whether binding books with leather, paper, paint, wood, and found artifacts or building sculptures to encase the volumes, I seek to find a perspective that shouts out a piece of the essence of the literary work. I try to put myself in the author’s or character’s mind to say something about the time it was written in; the attitude that is explored and expressed; the magic that makes it a work of art.
Click through to see a selection of Tuttle’s original book bindings: