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Altered art book: page 11 Walk a life in my shoes

Posted in ART, MY ALTERED ART BOOK PAGES with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 4, 2009 by echostains
page-11-walking through childhood

page-11-walking through childhood

The words I picked out were; –

‘They walked through their childhood’

The idea of walking through childhood is of course associated with memories: nostalgia for what has been.  My immediate thought was childhood toys, until the shoes hit me that is.  How many pairs of shoes do we go through in life I wonder?  What about past lives? all those shoes!  One CANNOT have enough shoes…… or enough lives?

page-11-shoes detail

page-11-shoes detail

I scribbled these hastily on a prepared white background.  The idea of walking in different shoes puts me in mind of Reincarnation, doing unto others as they would do to us, role reversal and of course following in our Forefathers footsteps.  Is there a purpose? is there a pattern? or is life just a repetition of what has gone before? (in our personal sphere)

I have quite a few artists in mind, associated with this page, but they will have to wait until tomorrow.

Media used; ink,wax crayon, watercolour paint, print, mock snakeskin paper

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Altered Art Book page 6 ‘Plunging the Depths: A Matter of Faith

Posted in MY ALTERED ART BOOK PAGES with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 16, 2008 by echostains
page6  Altered Art book

page6 Altered Art book

By page 6  I had ‘taken the plunge’; I had ‘dived in’ .  The swimsuits began to take on the form of an abstract ‘language’ or a game of ‘OXO’ or Noughts and Crosses.  I have a feeling ‘crosses’ will become a regular feature in this work.  Either that, or the book will become a cross I have to bear.

1930s oxo tin

1930s oxo tin

 

  There is something comforting about old packaging; the designs, the colours: the pure simplicity of the message.  No subliminal brain washing here,  just straight to the point.

War time Morale Booster

War time Morale Booster

 Why should I think of ‘Oxo’? what is influencing me here?  Well the influence isn’t far away, it’s only in the kitchen and I see it every day.

oxo advertising mug

oxo advertising mug

 I have loads of old advertising stuff, I love the feel of the cold enamel, even the rust can tell a tale of all the seasons it’s seen.  Quite a few years ago, I was lucky enough to be able to visit the Robert Opie Museum in Gloucester – a veritable treasure trove of bygone packaging.  This museum has now moved to Notting Hill London.  A shame, because the location, Gloucester Docks also featured in another favourite of mine, the late TV programme ‘The Onedin Line’.  That visit was a double whammy.

 But I digress as usual. 
Taking the plunge: diving in at the deep end.  The crumpled brown paper is mirrored literally with the text ‘Black swimsuit’ and ‘dry and brown’: a bit like your skin when you’ve been in the bath too long (though in my case: pink and wrinkled).  You get the idea though? parched: dry versus wet.
   

 

Altered Art book p6

Altered Art book p6

Throwing an artist into the mix: David Hockney sprang to mind.  He made a series of pool paintings, with paper pulp and printed as monotypes.  

hockney-bigger-slpash2

hockney-bigger-slpash2

 By putting the two pages together (5 and 6) the message is clear: It’s Everlasting Life or nothing.  Taking the plunge and trusting the ‘guardians’ seems to imply an act of faith.  The book is beginning to reveal what’s going on in my subconscious…exciting!  

p5-and 6 Altered Book

p5-and 6 Altered Book

 

Altered book: in the beginning

Posted in MY ALTERED ART BOOK PAGES with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 5, 2008 by echostains

Just getting started

Just getting started

 

I have been interested in altered books for a few years now.  I even contemplated making one as part of a project at University, but I never got round to it.  There is something magical about transforming the written word into a work of art.  The making of such a book incorporates the use of collage, mixed media, paper, fabric and all the media I like working in.  I started this book about 3 years ago.  I did one page and then forgot all about it until I found it again recently. 

 In one day I managed to do 4 pages: the next day I did 2.  Work on it was very sporadic and I hadn’t been going long before I realised that the print was quite small and was being overwhelmed by the images.  It was important to me that some of the original text was retained.  This could be a word or a sentence of my own choosing.  So I went through the first few pages choosing the text.

  I had absolutely no idea of how the page would look in advance, I responded in an instinctual way: the way the words spoke to me!  After I had chosen my words, I then went through the book adding colour to pages (including those I hadn’t chosen the text of yet) and employed different media, like oil pastel, acrylics, pen and ink.  I ripped, punched and clipped pages wherever I wanted with no thought to how the end product would look, I just knew that I didn’t want it to be ‘pretty’ or like a scrapbook.