Tomoko Takeda

Tomoko Takeda is a designer and art director based in Tokyo, Japan. She has created these book sculptures which “are not for reading, but meant to be looked at and enjoyed“.  The artist cuts and carves away at the pages of literature classics and turns them into book art with each design relating to the content of the story.

The artist can be followed here on Behance.

Images:  Courtesy of Tomoko Takeda.

Alexandra Buckle

Alexandra Buckle is a reduction linocut printmaker based in Bicester, England.  Reduction linocuts involves cutting and inking several layers from a single linoleum block to create a multi-colored print.  The first color is printed, then the block reduced by cutting away and the second color is printed on top of the first color. The block is repeatedly cut and inked until you have your finished print.  The professional printmaker is impressionistic in style,  colorful, full of light, depth and detail.  Many of her linocuts are woodland themed finding them a constant source of inspiration.   On Jackson’s Art she says this about her use of colors:

“I work from my own photos, so the colours are partly guided by the photo, but generally I find the photos are more helpful in guiding me with the tonal values. The colours are mainly guided from my memory of the scene with a little artistic license added in to create the correct mood! Sometimes once I start printing, the results start to dictate the colour choices and I have to readjust my plan! I normally use 5 or 6 colours in each print. The most I have ever used is 8, but I felt that the piece didn’t really benefit from having more colours.”

The artist can be followed on her website and on Facebook.

Images:  Courtesy of Alexandra Buckle.

Milton Glaser (1929 – 2020)

Paying homage to a graphic design icon, Milton Glaser.  The artist attended the High School of Music & Art and Cooper Union in New York City.  In 1954 he co-founded Push Pin Studios whose works became the guiding reference in the world of graphic design.  He left Push Pin in 1975 and established his own firm, Milton Glaser, Inc.  No doubt you have seen his iconic designs, “I Love New York” logo, Bob Dylan Poster and the typeface, Glaser Stencil. His work is in the permanent collection of several museums and in 2009 received the National Medal of Arts.   

You can view more of his work here on his website.

Images:  Courtesy of Milton Glaser Studio.