Altered book created for SparepARTS fundraiser


Books are one of the great loves of my life. There was a time when I would have thought that “altering” a book would be the same as desecrating it.  No longer. Creating a new work of art with an abandoned book as its skeleton seems to me to be a loving and creative way to give new life to a book destined for the shredder. I made my first altered book for SparepARTS, a silent auction hosted by the Fort Worth Avenue Development Group to raise money for public art installations in West Dallas. (Picture above is a double-spread in progress).  FWADG  was my West Dallas community partner for the Parade of Giants earlier this year in March. Without their help, I wouldn’t have been able to create the fabulous giant puppet of Bonnie Parker, so I was happy to contribute to their cause. Bonus: I got to make this pretty awesome artwork. Making an altered book is great fun. Do it!

Above photo is one of the completed double-spreads from my altered book, “Flesh and a few Fish”. You can see more of the works-in-progress here. Click here to see images of the finished book.