Friday, 6 December 2013

Altered books

This was a new concept to me. Someone circulates a book to other artists, and each individual "adds" to the book by working on one or more pages. It is then passed on to the next artist, ad infinitum.

This book was a vegetarian cookbook belonging to a professional artist, who is also one of my tutors - no pressure then. I spent weeks trying to find inspiration from the content of the book. The best I could come up with was that most of the recipes would be good with a nice steak. Then I stumbled on  page 149, "Vegetable Cobbler", and I had a vision of a little old man sitting on the floor making sandals from butternut squash skins. Here he is.

Not an exercise I will rush to repeat. At least Jane seemed pleased with result.