This is a recipe for escape – an altered book – is now complete and installed in the Book Arts Exhibition at Cardiff Central library together with other bits of my work. Here is a spread from the finished piece – click on the image to look further inside this book.
If you want to have a go yourself at altering books and tinkering with text, I am running a 2 – day weekend workshop on 16 – 17 April, as part of Cardiff Open Art School.
During two intensive day-sessions you will learn how to revamp an old book with all sorts of paper-cuts, pop-ups, folding and gluing. Taking inspiration from contemporary book and paper artists, you will alter the content and shape of the original pages and gain an insight into how to completely transform the size, shape and function of a book. The book will be your canvas, and your task to use what it already contains to create something unique.
Click here for further details and to book your place.
In researching altered books and paper sculpture I’ve come across some stunning artwork, a few pieces of which I’d like to share:
The incredible book sculptures of Brian Dettmer, crafted from encyclopaedias, dictionaries and antique texts:
The living breathing creatures that are Georgia Russell’s paper-cuts:
and the magical worlds which grow from the pages of Su Blackwell’s books:
Click on each image to link to the artists’ websites, see more examples of their work and find out a little more about the ways to tinker and transform books and paper.