Altering books to alter our perspectives...
Simply put, an altered book is an art object that has been created from an existing, printed book. The book is altered through whatever means and media the artist chooses. This generally means using the book’s pages as a canvas on which to apply paint, collage or rubber stamping. It could also mean cutting into the book to create a more sculptural piece.
Approaches to book altering are as varied as the artists who undertake them. A textile artist or quilter might choose to use fabric to alter their books. A rubber stamper might opt to stamp and use inks and sprays. A painter could use a book as a canvas for several works in acrylic, watercolor, or oils. Each artist brings their own skills acquired in other creative pursuits, and applies them to the same general surface: a printed book.
Some altered book artists choose to work within a certain theme throughout the pages of a book, while others see each page as a work that stands on its own.
But... I don't want to destroy a book!
Many altered book artists have experienced the hand-wringing and wailing that comes from people who believe that books are sacred objects, and should never be defaced. If you’re one of those people, let me put your mind at ease:
At this group you will be provided with all of the supplies you need to get the project going. Yes! Including books to choose from for you to alter! You are also welcome to bring your own materials to work with.
To find out more about the Altered Book Club, please contact Bianca Lee at BLee921@gmail.com.