When asked to produce a series of work based on classic children's stories, artist Thomas Allen decided he would take things a step further by including the physical books into the project. Though troubled at first, he came up with a way to do justice to the beloved characters and stories he was communicating: cut-book illustration. By creating and manipulating his own illustrations on actual pages and covers of books, Allen managed to tell the story of cherished classics such as Stuart Little, The Phantom Tollbooth and even The Merriam Webster Dictionary.
Some of the works, such as the pieces based on Walter Dean Myle's more contemporary Hoops, focus on conveying the personalities of the main characters. By writing quotes on their imagined silhouettes and drawing their names on the books on which they stand, Allen communicates the voices behind the famed books beautifully.
Creative, innovative and with a knack for the nostalgic, Thomas Allen has managed a meaningful task with style.