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Today’s visit to the Archie McPhee Library explores a book that’s much more than a book, it’s A Humument: A Treated Victorian Novel [Buy on Amazon] by British artist Tom Phillips. This amazing altered book began its literary life as a novel entitled A Human Document, written in 1892 by English writer W. H. Mallock. Fast-forward to 1966 when Tom Phillips bought the book for threepence at a junk shop in South London. He spent the next seven years painstakingly drawing, painting and collaging over each of the book’s 367 pages. Phillips left gaps in his artwork revealing some of the novel’s original text on each page. These exposed words tell the story of a new protagonist named Bill Toge, whose name only appears when the word “together” or “altogether” appears in W. H. Mallock’s original text.

When asked about the book, Phillips replied:

"It is a forgotten Victorian novel found by chance …I plundered, mined, and undermined its text to make it yield the ghosts of other possible stories, scenes, poems, erotic incidents, and surrealist catastrophes which seemed to lurk within its wall of words. As I worked on it, I replaced the text I’d stripped away with visual images of all kinds. It began to tell and depict, among other memories, dreams, and reflections, the sad story of Bill Toge, one of love’s casualties."

That’s how A Human Document became A Humument, but this extraordinary work of art is very much a work in progress. Philips has never stopped working on his splendidly altered book. Four revised editions have been published over the years, with the most recent Fifth Edition published in 2012. Each subsequent revision contains at least 50 new pages replacing their earlier versions. Phillip’s long-term goal is to eventually rework and replace every single page from the original 1970 edition.

In 2010 Tom Philips released a digital version of A Humument in the form of A Humument App for the iPad and iPhone.

Click here to learn more about this phenomenal artist’s book or click here to simply order a copy right now.

[Images via Humument.com]

Leaf-cutting Artist Omid Asadi was born in Iran and now lives in Sale, Greater Manchester, England where he gathers fallen leaves and uses a craft knife and needle to transform them into exquisitely beautiful and expressive works of art. He even recreated The Scream by Edvard Munch on a leaf.

"Art for me is the way of looking differently to this world and around myself.I started to think why nobody paid attention to these beautiful leaves and trod on them, because of their name - if they were called flowers we wouldn’t tread on them at all! I wanted to give the leaves another Life and make art from them."

Visit Omid Asadi’s website and Facebook page to check out more of his hand-cut leaves. You can also follow him here on Tumblr at omidasadi.

[via Bored Panda]

For even more awesome leaf-related artwork, check out our posts about Lorenzo Duran Manuel Silva, Susanna Bauer, and LadyTinuz.

We’ve just learned about another talented artist who uses the humble disposable coffee cup as their canvas. Jimmy T. enhances his morning coffee cups with striking pop culture-inspired drawings and then leaves them behind for other people to discover. Brightening the days of random strangers with unexpected and thoroughly marvelous artwork is awesome.

You can follow Jimmy’s ongoing series of geektastically illustrated coffee cups right here on Tumblr at morningcoffeecupart or on the Morning Coffee Cup Art on Facebook page

[via Geeks are Sexy]

These beautiful moths and butterflies look like they’re ready to flutter up and away, but they won’t be doing so because they’re wonderful textile sculptures painstakingly created by North Carolina-based artist Yumi Okita. She sews, embroiders and stitches all sorts of multi-colored fabrics to create these oversized insects, which measure nearly a foot wide. She also adds painted details along with feathers and artificial fur. With great care Okita has achieved an awesome balance between astonishing realism and fanciful invention.

Click here to view more of Yumi Okita’s gorgeous textile insect sculptures.

[via Colossal and Demilked]

This awesome indoor maze is an interactive art installation currently on exhibit at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. It’s the work of the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), a Copenhagen and New York-based, internationally active group of architects, designers, builders and thinkers.

The BIG Maze is a vast labyrinth of Baltic birch plywood covering an area of roughly 60 square feet. It’s full of twists and turns made of up walls of varying heights that are18 feet tall at their tallest points. Those walls slope in toward the center of the maze, which enables visitors to see more of it as they progress through it. Upon reaching the heart of the maze viewers are rewarded with a complete view of the wooden labyrinth that surrounds them.

"‘The concept is simple: as you travel deeper into a maze, your path typically becomes more convoluted. What if we invert this scenario and create a maze that brings clarity and visual understanding upon reaching the heart of the labyrinth?’, explained Bjarke Ingels."

This design also means that exiting the maze is much easier than solving it. The BIG Maze will be open to the public through September 1, 2014.

Click here for a time-lapse video of the maze’s construction.

[via designboom and Architect Magazine]

Sure they’re hellbent on exterminating humanity, but as Whovians we can’t help but love a Dalek, particularly when they’re focused on simply being awesome and less concerned with those nasty death rays.

This fantastically shiny set of hand-painted 3D Doctor Dalek Acrylic Nails was made by Atra Materia, who runs the Gingerdead House Etsy shop.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Doctor Who-inspired nail art, but there’s something at once sinister and delightful about the fact that these rhinestone and metallic stud bespangled Dalek nails are modeled on fake human fingers. Either no live human would dare risk being the model or no Dalek nail could stomach (not that they have stomachs) being so close to a human.

Click here to order (different nail sizes and colors are available) and be sure to check out the Gingerdead House’s other geektastic nails while you’re there.

[via Technabob]

This awesome arboreal dwelling is the Living the High Life Tree House created by Blue Forest, a British tree house design and construction firm. It’s a luxury family-sized complex featuring two separate tree houses, one for kids and one for their parents. The elevated dwellings are connected by a network of rope bridges which also lead to an adventure play area and an assault course, the latter of which is also accessible via an 80-yard zip line.

It may look rustic, but this is a top-of-the-line tree house. The kids’ house features three medieval towers, and inside one of them a concealed hatch in the upper floor leads to a secret game room containing a plasma TV and video game console. Meanwhile the grown-ups’ treehouse features a conical thatched roof and interior walls made of hand-split oak shingles and cedar tongue-and-groove boards. Inside there’s a kitchen (complete with plenty of wine storage), bathroom, and a large open living area for treetop entertaining. The complex also features accommodations for guests of the family.

Head over to the Blue Forest website to check out more of their amazing custom-built tree houses.

[via designboom]

It’s a Hershey’s Chocolate Bar. Besides the always-welcome chocolate, what’s so awesome about that? Look again. It’s not a Hershey’s Bar at all. It’s a ‘Hirschy’s Bar' - a beautifully-designed, awesomely original resumé created by Michigan-based designer Matthew Hirsch for a class assignment.

"We had to create a thank you that could be sent to various creative directors who speak to our class," he explained. "In hopes of striking up a dialogue, while giving these creative directors information about my skill set, I created a Hirschy’s Bar."

Combining a bit of wordplay with innovative, elegant design and, of course, the gift of chocolate, seems like a fantastic way to distinguish oneself for prospective employers and clients. Just make sure you bring enough for everybody.

[via Design Taxi and Creative Bloq]

Jane Austen Toothpaste - It takes a well-mannered toothpaste to have a graceful and properly comported regime of dental health. If you want to attract a husband with a good yearly income, he’s going to be concerned about the status of your teeth. In our opinion, nothing captures the romance and incisive social observations of Jane Austen’s novels quite like a rose-flavored toothpaste. While you might think that the UK of the early 1800s is romantic, your own personal Mr. Darcy might prefer a bit more oral hygiene.

Buy it here

(Picture features our Jane Austen Action Figure)

Chances are good you’ve got some buttons stashed away somewhere. They fall off our clothes or come with new clothing as spares in tiny pouches. What do you do with those orphan buttons? Miami-based artist Augusto Esquivel (previously featured here) uses buttons - so many buttons - to create intricate works of art, including a new series of monochromatic celebrity portraits.

"I realize how insignificant and small a simple sewing button can be as it lays in my grandmother’s sewing box, but at the same time how unique and precious it can become as part of a work of art. Like an atom in a molecule, each button serves and shapes the whole. I hold the button to my ear and it whispers to me, ‘I want to be…..’"

To create these pieces Esquivel uses hundreds of monofilament strings upon which he painstakingly threads thousands of buttons into hanging chains, similar to how our friend Kevin Champeny strings his awesome GummiBear Candeliers. When all of the button strings are hung side by side they form a pixelated image, such as the faces of Salvador Dalí, Marilyn Monroe, James Dean and Audrey Hepburn seen here.

Over the years Esquivel has strung countless buttons to create many things, including a recreation of the Mona Lisa. But our favorite piece has got to be his Mounted Unicorn Head, because Unicorns.

Visit Augusto Esquivel’s website and Facebook page to check out more of his beguiling buttonwork.

[via The Visual News]