1. Easter Egg about 1.5 inches in length
2. Easter Egg about 3 inches in length.
Books Unbound is a community-wide project to recycle old books into art, which will be exhibited and auctioned in a fund-raiser to benefit the Library on October 3, 2008. This project was inspired by the relatively new, but rapidly growing art form called Altered Books.
What Is an Altered Book?
The International Society of Altered Book Artists (ISABA) explains that an altered book is any book, new or old, recycled by creative means into a work of art. The book can be painted, cut into, burned, added to, re-bound, collaged in, or otherwise adorned…and, yes, it is legal!
How Do I Participate in Books Unbound?
• Everyone, artist and non-artist alike, is invited to join in the fun and be part of Books Unbound.
• You do not need to live in Westport or even in Connecticut.
• Start with an old book (see Book Grab above); then alter it however you like— there are no rules. You’re the artist!
• If you need help getting started, register for the Westport Continuing Education Altered Book Workshop to be held Wednesday, July 16, 23, and 30, 6:30-8:30 pm, and taught by altered book artist Cecilia Marshall. To register, call Westport Continuing Education at 341-1218.
A Magical Recycling Program
It happens over time. A book’s pages rip out and are lost. Its worn binding breaks and tears away. Or its information goes out of date. And little by little a book’s useful life may come to an end—
but it doesn’t have to! The growing art form called Altered Books offers such volumes a new life. Pages can become the canvas for painting or collage. Images can be added from elsewhere. Text might get rearranged to convey a new message. A binding may get reshaped into a lively outline of, say, a tree. In short, one precious art form magically transforms into another—Books Unbound.
Self portrait taken while sitting in the Dunkin Donuts drive through lane, while picking up bagels for snacks for my younger son. (above)
Below is a test shot for the scavenger hunt item #1 in which we had to do a self-portrait with our contestant number in it as well. I figured getting this #70 in the shot was too hard, as the number next to it was 72, and I worried both numbers would show, so we didn't do this for the competition. Looking at this now I see this shot came out great but it was so sunny that I couldn't see the preview screen on my camera to see if this came out. I also had no clue how that disposable camera would turn out so I gave up on the idea. We walked for another 20 minutues to find a different #70. I didn't take test shots of any other photos and just 'winged it'. I also forgot to take a digital photo of the actual submission we used. I just hope it turned out alright! I can't wait to see the final images.
Below is a self-portrait in a New Haven building. I was thinking of doing a shot like this for the scavenger hunt item 'reflection' but I did not choose to do that after all. The graininess I believe is due to the fact that the window is dirty!
Below is the shot I took when we finished the competition. We were freezing. I came up with a new acronym which I kept to myself FMAO.