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Local book artists embrace the union of wood pulp and word

‘Blank and Beautiful: Book Art by Chelsey Hyatt’ at Stardust; ‘Ex Libris: Altered Book Sculpture by Dawn Rosendahl’ at Maitland Art Center

Photo: Chelsea Hyatt, License: N/A

Chelsea Hyatt

Photo: Chelsea Hyatt, License: N/A

Chelsea Hyatt

Photo: Dawn Rosendahl, License: N/A

Dawn Rosendahl


“The books tell new stories, history books are rewritten, and continents and countries in an atlas shift and become other worlds,” Rosendahl says in the statement accompanying Ex Libris: Altered Book Sculpture. Her sculptures undulate, ripple and ruffle, flaunting a masterful control over the material. If the stories Rosendahl’s work tells are less whimsical than Hyatt’s, her polished technique is clearly that of a professional – which she is, having been a scenic designer and a master mold-maker at Disney for many years.

Both of these shows are open now; Rosendahl’s work will be feted at an opening concurrent with the Maitland A&H’s lively new monthly Culture Pop! event. If either leaves you wanting to try your own hand at book art, the Orlando Public Library West Oaks branch sponsors a Holiday Crafting With Books workshop 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17; call 407-835-7323 to register. Or just stop by a thrift shop, rescue a few unhomed tomes, and see where your imagination takes you.

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