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Unique Sculptures Laser Cut from Dictionary Pages

  • Fine art out of dictionaries

    Using a laser cutter, Prophet created a special font to transform dictionaries into the shapes of sentences and symbols that represent the life and work of Samuel Johnson, a writer and editor who developed one of the first English dictionaries. (Photo by Bill Jackson)

  • Fine art out of dictionaries

    “I cut the words with a font that I made especially for the laser cutter so the words could fall out in a sentence and be joined together,” she says. (Photo by Philip Sayer)

  • Fine art out of dictionaries

    Here, Prophet has unmasked the beauty behind Johnson’s pioneering efforts in the literary world. (Photo by Bill Jackson)

  • Fine art out of dictionaries

    This symbolizes the word colbertine, a type of lace women wore in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. (Photo by Bill Jackson)

  • Fine art out of dictionaries

    Prophet used the pages where the definition of the word—in this case, dendrology, or the natural history of trees—is located.

  • This is a profile of Samuel Johnson that Prophet created.

    This is a profile of Samuel Johnson that Prophet created.

  • Fine art out of dictionaries

    The dictionaries Prophet used for “Cut Dictionaries” were donated to her by Oxford English Dictionaries, which sponsored the project.

  • Fine art out of dictionaries

    Her project was on display at Dr. Johnson’s House, once the home in which he compiled his dictionary and now a museum, from June to September 2009. (Photo by Bill Jackson)

  • Fine art out of dictionaries

    “It’s fun, challenging, and compelling to learn how to work with such thin paper, to stop the pages from lifting and then catching fire as the books are cut,” Prophet shares.

  • Art

    Believe it or not, this was Prophet’s first project that utilized a laser cutter. She’s currently looking for another one to buy so she can start a new artistic adventure.

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