Amateur artist goes viral for fore-edge painting 英國業餘藝術家創作精美書口畫



Amateur artist goes viral for fore-edge painting 英國業餘藝術家創作精美書口畫


Meet 22-year-old amateur artist Maisie Matilda.


She taught herself fore-edge painting, where a scene is painted on the edges of book pages.


The art form dates back to the 10th Century.


Maisie Matilda, Amateur artist
“I posted a video in the evening that I did of me painting this fore-edge painting. I just did it for fun and then I got up really early for work the next morning when I was a carer, and my phone started pinging loads.

梅茜‧瑪蒂爾達       業餘藝術家

And I checked it and suddenly my views went from about four to about 4,000 in the space of like five minutes. Then, by the time I finished my shift at about 11 o’clock, it was on 100,000 views.


I’d never had that many views before in my life. It was mostly for my two friends that followed me. And then I thought, well, I should probably do that again, that was quite fun. So I did a Harry Potter one next.


I paint on second-hand books quite a lot because I think it’s important to keep things in circulation and give second-hand items new life.”


She’s since caught the eye of major film and television studios.


Maisie Matilda, Amateur artist
“I was contacted by Amazon Prime to do some commissions on the Wheel of Time books, for their new upcoming series. So, I had a month to paint about 15 books, which was overwhelming and brilliant. So they went to the cast and fans of the Wheel of Time. But it hadn’t actually come out yet, so all I had to work on was the trailer. So I had to take screenshots from the trailer.

梅茜‧瑪蒂爾達       業餘藝術家
「亞馬遜 Prime 聯繫了我,委託我在原著《時光之輪》上作畫,他們將推出同名系列劇,他們給我一個月的時間來畫大約15本書,時間很緊,但這讓我受寵若驚,激動不已,畫好的書送給了《時光之輪》的演員和劇迷,當時這部劇還沒推出,所以我只能參考預告片裡的場景作畫,從預告片中截圖。

It was a lot of work. I spent a lot of time in my room painting, all day, every day. My housemates got slightly worried for me.


Lots of people want commissions and especially having a big commission like Amazon Prime, it was a lot more responsibility than I’m used to, and suddenly I was getting paid for a job that I really really love. If I could pay off my student loan by just painting books, that would just be the best thing ever. ”

很多人想接受委託工作,尤其是像亞馬遜 Prime 這樣的大公司委託的項目,我從沒承擔過這麼重大的責任,而且突然有人給我酬勞雇我做我喜愛的工作,要是我能透過畫畫來償還學生貸款,就再好不過了。」