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Lior Amitai

Book Portraits

ABOUT

For the few past years, I have been practicing the art of book folding, creating simple images of words, names, dates and pictures.

During numerous Covid lockdowns, with much time to spare and many books on hand, I developed my own unique sketching technique, allowing me to refine my art and create very detailed and complex portraits, as manifested in the folded book. Today, my signature portraits are unique, customized, hand-made works of art.

My art is shown regularly at the famous “Nachalat Binyamin” Art Fair in Tel Aviv and has been featured on various TV shows and exhibitions throughout Israel.

I have designed and created folded book images for a wide range of corporate,institutional, and private clients, amongst them some of the most influential in the business industry and in showbiz.

I have designed and created folded book images for a wide range of corporate,institutional, and private clients, amongst them some of the most influential in the business industry and in showbiz.

THE BOOKS

The digital revolution has allowed the online storage of data and knowledge resulting in libraries looking to give away books otherwise meant for shredding. Many of these now fill my studio, along with books from my personal collection and those donated by people “who simply don’t want them anymore”.

In times when fewer and fewer books are in use, I am delighted to give them renewed value and breathe new life into them.

In times when fewer and fewer books are in use, I am delighted to give them renewed value and breathe new life into them.

All the books I fold must have a hard cover, which allows them to stand up for display without additional support. Two book sizes are offered, depending on the number of pages needed for the image I plan to fold: a standard book size (23×15 cm) and a larger size (….)

I treat every book with the utmost respect, and no leaf is ever cut out. So, if you ever feel the urge to read it again, just go ahead and unfold it!

THE PROCESS

The folded portrait process begins with the customer sending several pictures of the person (or people) to whom the book will be dedicated. The pictures must be of good quality and high resolution. I then begin designing a sketch which can be adjusted according to customer feedback, until we reach a mutually satisfying result. The customer then choses the book size according to preference and budget.

Once we have the final design at hand and the book size is chosen, I will know the approximate thickness and how many pages are needed. In most cases, I will be able to send customers several book options to choose from. And then, I will start to sprinkle my magic and gently create a beautiful, customized, hand-crafted book portrait.

The price of each work varies according to the complexity and size of the design.
The folding process can last between 14 to 30 days after the design confirmation, depending on the complexity of the design.

Once the book is ready, it will be gently wrapped, packed, and sent to the customer with care.

Prices of a folded portrait
in a standard book
(23 cm)

start from
950 USD

Folded portraits in
the larger size
(30 cm)

start from
1650 USD