‘The 100’ #32 – Altered Books, Part 3 – Sculpted Text and Found Objects

This third and final Altered Book post looks at a few examples of sculpted text and found objects incorporated into the altered book form. (Click on images for larger version).

Credit for the above image: missdeleon213.wikispaces.com

Hundreds of variations of transforming a book into a 3D work of art exist, but most involve cutting into the book in some way and sometimes adding found objects. The following does both. Titled Fear the work is by Karen Hatzigeorgiou and can be found at:  artful-journey.com


Sometimes the artist ‘illustrates’ the narrative of the book in 3D such as in the wondrously detailed Mad Hatters Tea Party below. Art by Su Blackwell from: ullam.typepad.com

Or in this work by Jennifer Khoshbinjenkhoshbin.com

Other altered book artists take a more abstract approach as in this piece by Lucille Moroni, found at jeniegao.blogspot.com

And in this, titled Fate, Far, Fast, Fall, Final, by the great master, Brian Dettmer (see my The 100 series #28 and #31).

Excavated recesses in the book can hold found objects as in, below: Aotearoa from jenpezaro.wordpress.com followed by a work by Frank Turek, from alteredbookart.com

And finally, some altered book artists strike off in new creative directions, as in the circular, nostalgic piece below, by Lisa Kokin, from  dailyartmuse.com

If this series has tempted you to explore more, or to try your hand at Altered Books, you will find a multitude of sites on the web, or you can visit those sites I have credited. This art form is fun, creative and accessible for all.

‘The 100′ series was initiated by my 100th Post in April 2012. As text and images are the essence of my blog my intention is to present 100 pieces of textual art from historical and contemporary artists and from my own hand. To view the series to date click on ‘The 100’ in my Category Menu.

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23 thoughts on “‘The 100’ #32 – Altered Books, Part 3 – Sculpted Text and Found Objects

  1. Some interesting shapes here, exquisitely detailed little sculptural pieces. As a process It seems strangely wicked. One of my early teachers stressed the importance of caring for books, not defacing them etc!

    1. Philippa, I hear you and was taught the same; however, books are objects whatever beauty they contain and like other objects they wear out or are cast out. All of the books I have personally worked on have come from thrift (charity) stores or from library cast offs bound for the dump. I always felt I was giving them another life and hopefully adding to their aging beauty…

      1. Yes, the idea of enriching their beauty and meaning is appealing and far outweighs any squeamishness! We have lots of oldies here – a 40 year old text on human physiology could make something interesting.

  2. Fascinating way of interacting with language, the history of publishing and literacy itself. I wonder what it says, that ‘we’ are doing this now to objects which transmit information.

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