Bed Book Project

I’ve had an idea for a sculptural book running through my head. “Be careful what you take to bed with you” will be the only text it will contain.

I’ve also been looking at books about miniatures and dolls’ houses. So I built a miniature bed. Or rather, half a bed. It’s going to sit on the open book, looking as if it were sticking out of it. Or at least that’s the idea.

Here’s the bed frame, which is made from book board, paste and Washi:

Here’s the bed after a mattress, pillow and blanket molded from Washi, foam, quilt batting, thread and paste was added. It has a stiff, papier maché-like texture:

The book block has been sewn and is waiting to be cased in. The plan is to make a little paper sculpture monster or swimming sharks or something to put under the bed. I might also add walls or flooring from folded pieces of paper. I am allowing it to develop and let it suggest things to me.

8 thoughts on “Bed Book Project”

  1. as has been said before: wonderful! I like that the bed and sheets are colorless (are you planning on more colors?) it reminds me of night-view when all the colors seem to fade.
    Looking forward to seeing more!

  2. Thanks Buechertiger! I actually woke up today thinking about this, and wondering how I'm going to add the (probably sharks) under the bed. What material to use? Would the same paste-covered paper look too much like the bed? Should they be in color or more white? Decisions, decisions… I really appreciate the input.

  3. Stunning! I can't wait to see how it evolves.

    I've had bed/book visions too – I wanted to make a life-sized book where flannel sheets were the pages and you could sleep in it. I guess it's my version of a car bed.

  4. Thanks Elissa. What an interesting bed/book installation idea. Or an idea for a very fun guest bed. As you say, a bookbinder's idea of a car bed. I love it. Happy holidays.


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