Friday, 14 October 2005

My First Altered Book!

I've become fascinated with altered books - old books used as a base for making art journals or other pieces of art. This book is a 1970s collection of articles from Italian newspapers and magazines, with notes in English. It is probably too out of date to be much use to anyone (I certainly prefer reading the current issue of Oggi!). So this will be my first altered book - a journal of my three weeks in Italy. I'll draw on the blank pages, paste in momentoes and photos and pick out found poetry from the text. Plus I'll leave in some of the cartoons, which are the best thing in here!

It may not work, but I'm sure it will be fun trying! I'll post my progress here!


Karen Hatzigeorgiou said...

What a great idea, Julie. I'm so jealous that you're going to Italy. I went theren in 1982 and absolutely loved everything about it. I'd love to go back again. I hope you'll post your altered pages when you return.

Maybe you'd like to see some of my Altered Books.

Crafty Green Poet said...

HI Karen
Thanks for the link to your altered books. You're making some beautiful things there! I will be posting my pages here (unless the experiment goes too wrong!) - so come back and visit again sometime!