Get going on your altered book 3.26

Written by David Green.

Many people left Janet Kauffman’s “Recycled/Reseen” book project talk last week inspired and ready to create something for Stair Public Library’s altered books project.

Here’s a reminder: Get busy; entries are due prior to the visit of Detroit artist Tyree Guyton on May 1.

Attendance at last week’s library presentation is no prerequisite for participating. All that’s needed is a book you don’t mind altering and the desire to create something unique.

Kauffman suggested transforming a book the way Guyton transforms neighborhoods in Detroit—by collecting found objects and using them in a new way.

Kauffman said to take an old book that nobody wants and transform it or deform it with found materials—debris from the yard or miscellaneous objects from around the house.

“You could paint all the pages and glue on found materials, or paint your own writing,” she said. “You could cut ‘windows’ in the pages and fill in with your own writing or sticks, stones, whatever.”

Another approach, she says, it collect objects that catch your eye and bind them together to somehow make a book.

“It may not look like a book. It might not even open and shut, but it will be a ‘recycled,’ re-invented book,” she said.

Use wire or key rings or plastic ties—anything that will bind the parts together. Write a story or a statement or a poem and glue it onto your book—something that seems to go with the materials used.

“Remember,” she says, “found objects, miscellaneous materials, found papers—some of this can look like trash, but it’s all raw materials for a ‘Recycled/Reseen Book’ project.”

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