When I was younger, I wouldn’t DARE put as much as a pencil mark in a book or dog ear a book page. But now I think of some books as a vehicle for an interactive art object. While in a three dimensional design class in art school, I used a large encyclopedia as a foundation for a standing assemblage piece. I really enjoyed the process of resurrecting that discarded encyclopedia and imagined I had given it a new life this time around as a work of art. At that time I didn’t know there was such a thing as a “Altered Book” but when I fell across some surfing the web, I was immediately drawn back to the fun I had creating that piece.
Here is a selection of some of my favorite Altered Book projects.