Books are for reading, but they are also an art form themselves.
Colorado-based illustrator and designer Evan Lorenzen has created seven of these whimsical tiny books so far. HLN spoke to him to learn more about his love for diminutive projects.
HLN: What made you decide to take on a project like this?
Lorenzen: I went to school at Marlboro College in Marlboro, Vermont, where I studied animation and painting. Marlboro was also where I discovered my current fascination in book making, however, at a much larger scale than I am currently working. I've been having a phenomenal time creating micro books for around a year now.
HLN: What is the creation process like?
Lorenzen: During this whole experiment in the realm of miniatures, my goal has been to draw as small as I can possibly get without the use of any magnifying instruments in the making process. I first had the idea for the Little Pleasures book when I was daydreaming, staring out the window on a rainy day, and noticed the delightful twinge of appreciation I was experiencing at the smell wafting in through the window. That quick snippet of thought led me to investigate other subtly rewarding experiences, thus sparking the creation of the Little Pleasures book. I ended up making a pretty long list of little pleasures, most of which I really enjoy, but thought sounded a little too cheesy to use (hence the skull page to balance out the oozing sentiment of the rest of the seven-page book). I really hope that the book inspires others to investigate the little pleasures in their lives that often go unnoticed or disregarded.
HLN: What materials do you use, and how long does it take to create each book?
Lorenzen: The book is constructed of watercolor paper, recycled tagboard, and thread and measures 5/8ths of an inch tall. Each book takes about 20 minutes to construct and three to five hours to draw.