05 Mar

Altered Book: The Butterfly Garden

Altered Book: The Butterfly Garden

This is one of those pieces where I began without a plan and just followed wherever the book wanted to go. I wanted to create another folded page book using the same fold pattern as I did in a previous work but I had no idea where I would go from there. I tend to select objects and materials to inspire the direction of the work, but this time I didn’t do that.

Altered Book: The Butterfly Garden - detail

Altered Book: The Butterfly Garden - detail

This is a book of four hundred and thirty pages which means I folded about two hundred pieces of paper. When I finished folding I played around with the paper further and eventually decided to roll the pages underneath one another. I added colour and pattern using a rubber stamp, first in yellow and then in green. I actually had the whole thing close to completion when I decided the yellow wasn’t strong enough colour over the text. I had to go back, unroll all the pages, rubber stamp them, and then roll them again. The butterflies were the final element and their bright colours are the perfect compliment to the crazy folded background.

Altered Book: The Butterfly Garden - detail

Altered Book: The Butterfly Garden - detail

Materials used: book, rubber stamp and ink, paper butterflies, and lots of glue.

2 comments

  1. My altered books have been progressively more colourful since the start of the spring. Glad you like it.

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