Thursday, November 15, 2012

Altered Book by Brian Dettmer

Altered book artist Brian Dettmer's pieces always amaze me, but this one especially so.

 Webster Withdrawn, 2010
Brian Dettmer

Friday, September 25, 2009

Altered Book #7 - Make Your Garden Beautiful....and they will come

This is an antique book that had beautiful deckled pages, yellowed and aged.  But the spine was missing so I decided to cover it to make it look very organic.  I gathered some mosses and vines and glued it on the spine and cover.   I placed an antique escutcheon on the front cover.  Still a work in progress while I altered the inside.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Altered Book #6 The Empty Nest

This was a private and boarding school directory before it became a birds nest.  I created a mother bird out of clay and placed it in the center of the empty nest.  The book was very thick.  I used a razor blade(s) to shred it into a nest.  It was very theraputic to cut, cut, cut, cut, cut..............

Monday, September 21, 2009

Altered Book #5 - Sleeping Memories

This was an old embossed scrapbook.  I cut a window out of it and embedded an original watercolor paintng on paper and some embossed paper (gold).   I've seen some really beautiful old scrapbooks/photoalbums for sale on Ebay - I keep hoping to snag one cheap. 

Friday, August 28, 2009

Altered Book #4 A Room of One's Own - Virginia Woolf Homage

This was a little board book that I skinned and painted a landscape in watercolor.  I glued some pages together and cutout a window then embedded a picture of one of my favorite writers Virginia Woolf.  Titled after her essay "A Room of One's Own".

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Altered Book #3 An Interpretation of Dreams

Here is a vintage copy of Sigmund Freuds 'Interpretation of Dreams' book. I found this book at a book sale-I remember reading it 20 some years ago...

I thought it would be interesting to alter this book because I often draw a connection between dreams and art. I sometimes dream of images then use the images in my paintings. I embedded a small watercolor painting of one such recurrent dream into a niche cut out of this book.

I used candle wax to seal the book shut- Freudian symbolism of the subconscious mind being closed to our consciousness.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Altered Book #2 - A Little Birdie Told Her

Here is an 75 year old hymnal, heavy, lovely and worn. It has an aged church smell. It's a familiar smell, but I can't place which church. I thought about how many hands held this hymnal over many years, singing voices now silent. I glued the pages together and closed it forever. Before that I carved a niche for a small painting.

I painted a small painting on wood of a woman with a bird on her shoulder. The wood is just a sliver of a 2 x4 with acrylic paint. I used the grain of the wood to accentuate the details. I pushed the painting into the niche with some glue.

I purchase several of these old retired hymnals with the intention of giving them a second life as art. I will post some others later...