For Savannah-based artist Bethany Bickley, the ability to envision protagonists and scenery has a more literal meaning. The artist uses pages torn from magazines, classics, and even contemporary works to create distinctive paper sculptures of masks, clenched fists, and cozy evenings with fireplaces and Christmas trees. Each sculpture has a meaning and serves as a representation of the book or magazine that it is placed on. Bickley takes the narratives of these stories and masterfully brings them to life, illustrating the main themes in beautifully crafted figures. Go on and check out these marvelous creations, and don’t forget to follow Bethany Bickley on Instagram.
“My first job out of college was for a newspaper as an editorial designer and illustrator. I was given a story to design the book “The Bone Yard” by Jefferson Bass,” – said Bethany for an interview for Bored Panda.
“I had seen book art in the past and was super inspired by it, so decided to give it a try. I read the book and carved a scene to illustrate it for the story.”
“I loved the process and the end result. My style has continued to evolve from there. Often, I add watercolor to pages for more colorful detail.”
“The Bone Yard” by Jefferson Bass
“Suffolk Summer” by John Tate Appleby
“All The Bright Places” by Jennifer Niven
“The Paper Wasp” by Lauren Acampora
“Divergent” by Veronica Roth
“How Could She” by Lauren Mechling and “Bunny” by Mona Awad
“The Bell Jar” by Sylvia Path
“As a designer and illustrator, I am very detail-oriented. The more detail I can add to these sculptures, the more interesting and magical I feel they become,” – said the artist.
“Nectar in a Sieve” by Kamala Markandaya
“Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Neale Hurston
“The Woman Destroyed” by Simone De Beauvoir
“Conscience of a Conservative: A Rejection of Destructive Politics and a Return to Principle” by Jeff Flake
“I’m a creative problem solver who brings words and visuals together to tell a story with impact and purpose. If there are no visuals, I create them.”
“Clever concepts, especially the “ah-ha! moment,” and collaborating with people who are passionate about what they do excite me.”
“I have 8 years of experience working at daily and weekly publications. Fast approaching deadlines are no stranger to me. I’m able to work quickly while remaining detail-oriented and I appreciate teamwork and feedback throughout the process.”