Book artists have a long history of altering existing books and pages, in addition to creating new works. Essentially artists derive inspiration from existing work and use books or pages as their canvas to create entirely new works of art.
This practice of recycling dates all the way back to the palimpsest, created by 11th century monks and discussed in a recent blog post. Beginning in the 19th century, Englishwomen began using old books to create scrapbooks and collages, in a practice known as grangerism. The term was derived from Reverend James Granger, the author of the Biographical History of England, which was a fan favorite for the practice.
|O-Livre Twist by Maria Pisano|
The Center for Book Arts is offering a brand new class, in which participants will use existing books as inspiration to create literary and visual work: Poetry and the Altered Page Book. The class will begin with choosing and writing poetry inspired by a page in a book. Students will then proceed to draw, print and/or paint on their pages, responding to the text. Once completed, the pages will be color copied and an Eastern binding will be used to gather them together to create a shared book containing the entire collection.
Maria Pisano is teaching this class on November 2-3, Saturday and Sunday, from 10am to 4pm. So look at a few more examples below and then sign up to make your own altered pages here!
|altered book by Rebecca Sawyer|
|Tea Time with Alice by Nicole Eccles|
|in the moment by Loui Jover|
I could look at these all day! Here are some more examples:
|A little simpler, more deliberate use of the original text|
|Original page in Japanese textbook|
|Altered page. Hee.|