09 Dec

Altered Book: Looking for Signs of a Safe Return Home

Altered Book: Looking for signs of a safe return home

Things have been busy the last few weeks so I was starting to worry I wouldn’t be able to meet my goal of completing ten altered books by the end of the year. I’ve made eight and this is number nine.

The altered books always take me a large amount of uninterrupted time and quiet space to create. I have to sit and play with lots of different materials and objects in order to figure out the composition, and that kind of time and opportunity has been hard to come by.

Altered Book: Looking for signs of a safe return home

After the butterfly book I knew I had to make one with birds, and now this book will eventually lead me to an altered book with fish. It makes sense if you start looking through my art supplies, as going through my materials is often the source for further ideas. The birds are glued onto the same resistors I used in the centre of the butterfly book, and all three of them are different types of Swallows. The title is inspired by information I found when I googled, “symbolism of swallows“. Apparently swallow tattoos are rich in symbolism if you’re a sailor…

Altered Book: Looking for signs of a safe return home

Altered Book: Looking for signs of a safe return home

Altered Book: Looking for signs of a safe return home

Materials used in this book: book, metallic paper flowers, resistors, paper birds, rubber stamp and ink, and glue dots.

4 comments

  1. It’s hard to photograph three dimensional art and get the full details in one shot, which is why I started taking detail shots of these. You can’t see two of the birds in the front view.

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