Our culture is becoming increasingly visual, with access to a camera and digital media available at our fingertips. We curate and share our everyday moments with the click of a button. We are becoming a society focused on beauty and visual engagement.
When we look at Bible design, it has remained relatively the same. There have been few attempts to integrate imagery, typography, and layout design within the biblical text to engage with our rapidly growing visual culture. Similar to Renaissance artists who looked at the Scriptures and created beautiful pieces of art, the creators of the Alabaster Scripture series asked themselves, “What would that look like today?”
Alabaster, The Bible Beautiful, integrates visual imagery and thoughtful design with the Scripture text. It aims to give the reader a fresh visual experience and heightened level of
The majority of images are original artwork created for this project. The work is derived from in- depth studies of the Scriptures, but also inherently intuitive and creative. Our hope is that the art ultimately creates conversation and contemplation, and through that process every person can experience God and His beauty.
The design of the book serves as the mediator between visuals and words. The layouts are simple allowing the reader to focus on the image and the Scripture together. A thick 80 lb. uncoated paper is used for the interior, tying beauty to touch and sight.
Why the name Alabaster?
The name Alabaster comes from the story of the alabaster jar in Mark 14. In an extreme act, a woman breaks an alabaster jar of expensive perfume. Many people were of the opinion that what she had done was excessive. Jesus defends the woman saying, “Leave her alone…why do you bother her? What she has done is a beautiful thing.”
Alabaster was founded by two friends, Bryan Ye-Chung and Brian Chung connected by their passion for seeing God as the ultimate artist and creator. Bryan is a visual artist and photographer, and Brian is a graphic designer.
contemplation while reading this ancient text – ultimately pointing to the beauty of God.
我們的文化正變得愈來愈視覺化，都處都是觸手可及的照相機和數碼媒體。 只需簡單點擊一個按鈕，我們就可以創建和分享我們的日常生活時刻。 我們正在成為一個注重美麗與視覺參和的社會。
當我們策劃聖經的設計時，它必須保持原有的佈局。從來都甚少有人嘗試把視覺圖像、排版和佈局設計融合到聖經經文裏，以切合現今迅速萬變的視覺文化。 與文藝復興時期的藝術家一樣，閱讀及理解聖經並創作出美麗的藝術品，Alabaster 聖經的創辦人問自己：「換作現在會是什麼模樣？」
大部份數圖像是為此項目創作的原創藝術品。 此創作製成品源於我們對聖經的深入研究，但也具有設計師們直覺和創造性。 我們希望藝術最終創造討論和反思，通過這個過程，每個人都可以體驗上帝和他的「美」。
書本的設計充當了視覺與文字之間的中介。 佈局很簡單，讓讀者可以同時專注圖像和聖經經文。 內頁使用 80 磅厚的無塗層紙，將美感、觸覺和視覺聯繫起來。
Alabaster 這個名字來自《馬可福音 14 章》 中玉瓶（Alabaster jar）香膏的故事。在這極端的行為中，一個女人打破了裝有昂貴香膏的玉瓶。眾人認為，她的所作所為十分過分。 耶穌為那個女人辯護說：「由她吧！為甚麼難為她呢？她在我身上做的是一件美事。」
Alabaster 由兩位好友Bryan Ye-Chung 和 Brian Chung 創立，他們熱衷於將神視為終極藝術家和創造者。 Bryan 是一位視覺藝術家和攝影師，而 Brian 是一位平面設計師。