Thursday, July 30, 2009

Altered Books - with a Reading Theme

Altered Books is a popular and growing art form. There are books on how to make them and groups that make and share them. I've been learning how to make one because I'm enrolled in a summer art design class. The final project for our portfolio is an Altered Book. Here is a peak at some of the effort that goes into the art.

How could libraries work with artists and art teachers to bring them into the library? Display the book art? Offer books and websites devoted to the art? Remind them that the library has Internet access for researching themes, making designs, photocopying images using tonor-based copiers (needed for making transparent images like in the above video). In this case, I'm remembering a wonderful 5-years of great books, discussions, field trips, and gatherings through my Mother-Daughter Book Club. See the accordian-like fold out of the covers of each of the 30 books we read. Altered Books are messy to make, but fun.

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