12 Nov

Altered Book: Let the World Speak for Itself

Altered Book- Let the World Speak for Itself

I experimented with a new technique with this book. Folding the pages is yet another way to manipulate an old book, and there are so many different ways to fold the paper too. I loved how it looked when it was done because the folded pages create a beautiful pattern within the book. I decided to divide the pages into two sections and glue the edges of the paper together on either side, leaving the end pages exposed because I liked the pattern. I kept things simple with the composition of this book because the type on the page and the pattern on the end pages makes things busy enough. I wrapped the thread around the flower seed pod stem because I felt it needed just one more little thing.

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My friend Siobhan was looking at the altered books in person yesterday and told me she didn’t get a good sense of them in three dimensions because so far I’ve photographed all of them flat. I decided to take more detail shots of this one to give people a better idea of what the whole thing looks like.

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A sewing needle embedded into the pages to secure the thread.

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A dedication written “To Elsie” on the end papers.

Altered Book- Let the World Speak for Itself

Materials used in this altered book: book, thread, two sewing needles, a poppy seed pod, and gel medium.

© Rachael Ashe