Altered Book: The Human Heart is a Fragile Thing
My goal for the weekend was to work on another altered book which I happily managed to do. This time I wanted to try a new technique so instead of rolling pages I cut a niche into the book. In order to do this I first had to select something to insert into the niche to determine the size, shape and depth of the cut. I went with the brass bee wings which at one time was part of a doorknocker. I found it a few years ago behind the fridge (of all places) in my last apartment. The rest of the composition for this piece came together after the niche was cut and I spent a long time going through my collection figuring out what would work. I included another found object, the rusted metal wire, which is something I picked up on a walk and have been holding onto. I can see I’m going to be on the look out for more such things to use in future work.
This collage includes a glass heart, two lock mechanisms, a broken earring, a rusted metal wire, part of a brass doorknocker, rubber stamping and ink, sewing pattern paper and acetate (?) butterflies.