Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Books ripe for altering

book-tower

Okay so perhaps building sculptures with books isn’t my forte, but I wanted to show you this first purchase of materials towards my BAO effort.

For this project, I’ve decided to work on my first altered books. I picked these up for $2 each from the recent Rotary Book Fair, enough for the edition and a couple to practise on to get me started.

And I shall have absolutely no guilt about drawing, cutting or whatever all over these – they are all Reader’s Digest Condensed Books, so that makes them “altered” already!

9 comments:

ronnie said...

the only thing that beats a rotary book fair is a lifeline book fair!

ps - my local rotary have been trying to get me to take all their readers digest condensed novels - I've been resisting so far....somehow despite this I've managed to 'accumulate' about 50 of the little buggers (I think they are breeding in the shed....you might want to keep an eye out for this phenomenon)

alison said...

What a great idea re the readers digest books. I must get into the second hand shops too and do some scouting even if I don't use it this time. I use to buy the darn things many years ago but got rid of them, silly me! Also I think I might find it hard to "alter/destroy" one, we shall see.
Alison

Carol said...

Amanda, this is a great project! Can't wait to see what you do with them. For those of us not in the Winterson group, we'll need photos.

Rhubarb said...

Fantastic! I find it difficult to alter books myself, but the Readers Digest condensed ones are a great idea - there are a lot of them floating around in Coffs Harbour too, but unfortunately our next Rotary book sale isn't until Easter, which is a bit too late for my current projects. I buy atlases, and I'm still kicking myself for not having bought several more earlier this year. Have lots of fun, Amanda, it looks as if you're going to enjoy yourself! Sara

Abigail Thomas said...

great stuff! you have suddenly made me think of things in a different way - not sure how or why yet but thanks Amanda and have fun!

Amanda said...

Thanks everyone for your enthusiasm.

Blimey Ronnie - breeding ay? I'll make sure I keep them out in the open then!

Alison - think of it as "improving/renovating" rather than "destroying"

Carol - don't worry, there'll be plenty of photos!

Sara- yes, I think this will be FUN!

Abigail - that's great! This potential cross-fertilization is why the blog works so well, I think.

moreidlethoughts said...

The other day I bought a 50c book from the library sale, thinking I'd rip the block out and use the cover for a new sketchbook. Backfired. Big-time...there's an author signature stamped on the book cloth cover!
But I've since thought of something I could do with the original text block!

Angela said...

Wow looks great Amanda! I have difficulty altering books too. Maybe its like the song "the first cut is the deepest". I've bought a few which I intended to alter and have also been given some, but can't bring myself to do it yet. One day...

Ampersand Duck said...

These look great -- I was thinking of altering something too (it's just the nature of the Winterson text, isn't it?) but it won't be in this vein... can't wait to see the result!