Knotty but nice - Times of India Publications

A self-taught city artist turns discarded books into beautiful sculptures by merely folding their pages.

A garland of paper blades adorns God at the entrance of Banoo Batliboi's house, announcing in its own way that the owner does not believe in cutting things. Inside, on the dining table, are books that can be judged by their hard, freshly dusted covers. These are second-hand books, chiefly condensed versions of Readers Digest volumes that stand daintily on the glass top, like little men with open arms, inviting you to see, relish and celebrate their sudden tangible promotion from discarded literature to exquisite fine art. For over nine months now Read More...

Tome Raider - Indian Express

Paper craft artist Banoo Batliboi gives old and abandoned books a new lease of life by turning them into book sculptures.

When a friend of noted lensman, Samar Singh Jodha, approached Banoo Batliboi to fashion a unique gift using Jodha's photo catalogue Phaneng, the Mumbai-based paper craft artist took it on as a challenge. "The catalogue contains portraits of reclusive Buddhist tribals and I wanted to highlight their faces through my craft. So I creased its pages to suggest the form of the dharmachakra, which represents the Eightfold Path in Buddhism. As you walk around the sculpture, the partly concealed faces Read More...

Artist recycles worn-out books into sculptures - Lifestyle - DNA

She gives books a new identity; call her the 'book makeover' if you like. But for Banoo Batliboi, 51, working with books is “something I had to do, the moment I set eyes on a book sculpture”. Batliboi is an altered book artist, the only one in the city and probably, the country. What does she do? She takes a book, folds its pages in different sizes and voila, you have a book sculpture. It’s not as easy as it sounds though; a good book sculpture requires intense concentration and lots of practice. Unlike most altered Read More...

Once Upon a Book - The Hindu, Chennai

Banoo Batliboi’s book sculptures are more than just dexterous craft-pieces. They are page turners.

Ceci n’est pas une pipe proclaimed surrealist painter Rene Magritte in a statement accompanying his painting of a pipe, famously questioning the truth of what we see. “This is not a book”, we can say about each of Banoo Batliboi’s book sculptures. But it is, or at least, it was. It’s not everyday you see the pages of a book turned in a way so it becomes unreadable, the type escaping into folds Read More...

Folded and layered - The Hindu

Ever heard of book art? Here is an artist who works in the unique genre.

Art can be created out of anything. Even out of abandoned weathered books, like Banoo Batliboi does. She folds pages of books, thereby transforming the object completely, to create works of art that can be called book sculptures. Fashioning them out of such fragile material, the artist reinterprets them as delicate and solid sculptural and architectural forms at the same time — that too with minimal intervention. Read More...

Three Questions with... Banoo Batliboi - Time Out Delhi

The artist discusses leather-bound books which inspired her collection.

Celebrating books is in vogue. Websites, films and books dedicated to books seem to be every¬where. Artist Banoo Batliboi’s tribute is to give forgotten books a new lease of life by transforming them into sculptures. Her sculptures in the group exhibition Collective Narratives have been crafted from 30-year-old, 22-carat embos¬sed, leather-bound books from the Franklin Library Series that Batliboi found at a clearance sale in Mumbai. A former fitness instructor Read More...

Book Sculptures - SHOP - The India Tube

Don’t mistake this work for some sort of elaborate dog-earing. Banoo Batliboi’s book sculptures require complex technical drawings and can sometimes take weeks to complete. Batliboi, 54, who chanced upon the technique when she saw a book sculpture at someone’s home about a decade ago, learned the craft herself, experimenting Read More...

Design Pataki: Extraordinary Book Sculptures by Banoo Batliboi

The artist behind the extraordinary book sculptures is Banoo Batliboi. Each piece is painstakingly created by hand. Ask her what inspired her to create these works of art and she says, "I saw a book with folded pages and was immediately intrigued by it. I wanted to give my brother a present which was personal. The book idea then came back to me and I started experimenting with it." We asked her what is Read More...


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The Hindu, Chennai
Once Upon A Book
by Sujatha Shankar Kumar, 14 Oct 2013

Folding Reveals
by Hena Kapadia, Sept 2013

Inside Outside
Book Sculptures – Old books, re imagined
by Devyani Jayakar, May 2013

Casa Viva
A World of Paper
by Anuradha Varma, April 2013

Elle Decoration, UK
Photo Opportunity
May 2013

Banoo Batliboi- Book Sculptor
by Toxy Cawasjee, issue 1, 2013

Time Out Mumbai
Bookish Beauty
by Gauri Vij, Nov/Dec 2012

Kyoorius Magazine
Read Between the Layers: Banoo Batliboi
Nov 2012

Taj City Guide
Old Books, New Art
by Sujata Dugar, Aug 2012

The Address
A Road Map to Décor
by Dharmishta Shah, on 20 July 2012

Old books, re imagined
by Vatsala deSouza, June/July 2012

Mail Today/New Delhi
Mumbai Artist folds books into Prized Art
by Georgina Maddox, on18 May 2012

The Recycling Sculptor
by Priyanka Khanna, March 2012

The Indian Express
Tome Raider
By Vidya Prabhu, on 23 Jan2012

The Address
Sculpt a Book
by Dhanishta Shah, on22 May 2011

The Textures of Text
by Mehroo Kotwal, March 2011

Elle Décor
By Sonal Shah, Dec 2010

International Gallerie
Poetry in Art/ Art in Poetry
Vol 13 no 2. 2010

Artist Recycles Worn-out Books into Sculptures
by Joanna Lobo, on 23 Aug 2010

Sunday Mid-Day
Benjamin Button of Books
by Anjana Vaswani, on 22 Aug 2010

The Times of India
Knotty but Nice
by Sharmila Ganesan-Ram, on 15 Aug 2010