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Autobiography WIP

Altered book, work in progress.

A copy of Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography which has been assertively altered - each spread has been cut down to a different architectural shape, edged with Japanese masking tape, eyeletted, and some have had holes or windows punched out (for later filling with acetate transparencies). All spreads thus have views behind and beyond to other spreads.

The theme seems to be becoming the layered world of childhood, using work from early 20th C children's book illustrators.

Gallery is here: [link]
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Date Taken
Dec 3, 2010, 7:02:08 AM
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Amazing! Your work is inspiring Sue
hogret's avatar
Wow, what a compliment, thank you!
SethFitts's avatar
Wow! WOW! The more I look at it the more amazing it becomes. I am working on an altered book project but nothing like this. You have given me some ideas on how to I could approach the next one.
hogret's avatar
This book was a real labour of love and ended up being sold at an art exhibition in Oregon. I was quite sad to see it go, but delighted that somebody else loved it as much as I did. It has been enormously helpful to work on collaborative altered books (with fellow artists over at #Daughters-Of-A-Dog, #Outside-Of-A-Dog and #ArtfulDodgers) because then you pick up on techniques and inspiration from other people's pages. If ever you're interested in a collab, let me know!
JillyKaren's avatar
Beautiful work!
hogret's avatar
Thank you for the compliment! The completed book sold at an exhibition, so I was pretty delighted!
mirlimi's avatar
I definitely need to try my hand at all the miserable old books that lay on my shelves and are no more read ! Your idea is great...

I also decorate my plain notebooks with tape (whetehr japanese or not...)
hogret's avatar
Oh yes. Go for it!!!
aslix's avatar
pulbern's avatar
This is absolutely ridiculous! :faint:
yuukaze's avatar
awesome! this is gonna look incredible.
alx123094's avatar
Its so intricate and beautiful.
dAb-blingin-art's avatar
This is wonderful!!! I may have to do this... where is the next flea market anyway, gotta get me a good ol' book...LOL
hogret's avatar
I haunt thrift shops and charity shops all the time!
dAb-blingin-art's avatar
Yes... great idea! Thanks much!
hogret's avatar
Have fun ...
lugarpralugon's avatar
You always surprise me baby u.u
Kenseiden's avatar
true artists make true work.
hogret's avatar
And amateur artists just have a huge amount of fun, because they don't have to worry about whether their work is "commercial" enough!
hogret's avatar
So wish you and I could be sharing a studio and cross-pollinating inspiration and energy for real. But virtual is pretty good. I am so enjoying your surge of Desert passion.
LauraTringaliHolmes's avatar
The cowgirl gets color at the end. Did I tell you that already? And she asserts a statement of wisdom. And there is a coda. Waaaay too involved in this one!!!!
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