Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Altered Books, Birds of Prey, Sun Valley Center for the Arts,

" Bird of Prey "
Mixed Media
I was invited to submit an altered book project for an exhibit at our communtiy library. I had not heard of the craft of altering books until this past August when I met Jim Rosenau during the Sun Valley Arts & Crafts Festival. He had the booth behind mine. I loved what he was doing and I enjoyed his sense of humor. He posts a disclaimer for those who might be upset that books are destroyed by the process... "No books that could change the course of the world are used".
I was most interested in turning a book into a sculpture while maintaining a "theme". So I chose an old hard back entitled "Birds of Prey" from my own bookshelf. I have quite a collection of birding books but this one was the only one I felt like sacrificing.
As I envisioned how to proceed I thought this is going to be so much fun....I actually thought I might give up painting for this new "fun" medium. When I started cutting the book carefully through from front cover to back cover with a fine blade hacksaw I quickly realized this wasn't going to be as easy as I'd thought. While I really liked the end result I will stick to painting!
I will be teaching an oil painting workshop for the Sun Valley Center for the Arts in October.


Gwen Bell said...

How creative and the result is beautiful.

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Thanks, Gwen. It is good to do an art project totally unrelated to current work. I found two old basketballs at our local thrift shop that I will use to make "hydro-tuffa" spheres for my garden. Last fall I made two water basins for a border area. The water elements are such a calming element. More fun distractions!

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

This is SO COOL! This shows how vesatile you are. Beautiful. Show us the 'hydro-tuffa" things, please.

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Thanks, Mary. You should try the altered book medium. It's fun to take your reading passion and turn it into something new. Also, like the idea of altered all those cool Altoid tins that I hate to throw away!