Yes, the artist is literally ripping out spines and turning them into jewelry, but before you yell book abuse please remember that most books exist digitally nowadays anyway. In fact with the convenience of e-readers a lot books will probably become fancy paperweights or levels for wobbly tables… if they would be so lucky. Most books will simply collect dust on a shelf forever. The artist behind etsy shop Simple Joys Paperie saved these vintage French books from such a fate by giving them a place on your wrist. Each book spine gets hand stitched to a lovely fabric that compliments the bracelet. Of course the books don’t get disassembled just for their spine—the artist also makes beautiful paper wreaths made from the pages inside.

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