Thursday, June 4, 2009

Book Marks

I love everything about books. Especially their component parts. Whether it is using a torn out page to alter, a spine to add just the right touch to an artwork, a marbled end page that looks perfect unchanged, or covers of a vintage book worn by use and time. Love them all. While not true for everybody, I have no hesitation tearing into a book, repurposing every last piece, and creating something new. File it under recycling!

Book Marks. A new series that makes use of vintage book covers.

Adahy - Native American for "lives in the woods" 5" x 5"
Sold. Thank you!



Leotie - Native American for "flower of the prairie" 4 3/4" x 4 3/4"
Sold. Thank you!



Available for purchase in The Altered Page on Etsy. Click to enlarge.

26 comments:

Jeane said...

Seth - it is so apparent your love of books manifested through your work - your repurposing is really wonderful!

Gillian McMurray said...

I still break out in a cold sweat if I have to tear into a book. But the effects in your pieces are beautiful.

Lumilyon said...

Ah yes! Shades of the disintegration project here. Great images and kudos to you for having the nerve to rip things up. That's one of the reasons I've gone digital - I'm a coward!!!

Brian K said...

Ahhh a brave man indeed! Tear into that book you rebel! With a beautiful result!

Judy said...

Very nice Seth.
As you know I love leaving my mark in books.

Mar said...

recycle works
but
think of it like this too
if you can make the artwork from an unused ...going to never be used
book
it THEN is going to be enjoyed

i don't think we have to look onto the 'never destroy a book' clause anymore
there isn't a shortage of them
and for the moment
we are not being censored

i like the phrases!

Candace said...

Oh, yes, I love love books and have only been able to tear into one so far ... but I started another recently. Whew... somewhere Guttenberg spins in a grave.
But your work is fantastic here and I love the 'Native American' approach/slant you have bestowed.
Take care!
Candace in Athens.

Jazz said...

I love these Seth.

Leslie Avon Miller said...

Serene works. Almost encaustic looking. Beautiful indeed.

Mick said...

Both pieces are beautiful, Seth. Must dash, I have a few books to pull apart and re-purpose. :)

Veronica Funk said...

I love books, too...both to read and to create with. I have been encouraging other artist friends to 'recycle' in this way, too. It's fun to see the results of their creative endeavors. I also have a fondness for anything aboriginal and nature so these pieces really speak to me.

Judith. ..de Santa Fe said...

Very high YUM factor here, Seth ... .
really love the string wrap.
I'm with you on not hesitating to re-purpose old books and old sheet music , but often find people commenting on "how could you?!!"
I really feel I'm giving them new life, whereas they'd be lost in an attic or a dump.

Jjjj

diane said...

Seth~ the use of your words in your work or to describe your work, always capures my interest! I love this piece! Wonderful.

La Dolce Vita said...

To quote you, "Spectacular Work!" I believe that Upcycling is artistic reverence. Thanks for sharing.

Mary said...

I couldn't agree more - I seem to be doing everything on book covers these days and I love it

Karen Cole said...

Clever, very clever.

Dayna Collins said...

I, too, love books and have no problem with ripping them apart to use in various art projects. I do have several friends who are university librarians and they are often horrified with what I do to books, but then, some of them are easily horrified! Very creative what you've done with this book.

lynne h said...

love these seth, and Adahy has MY name on it! (string is such cool stuff, is it not?)

3rdEyeMuse said...

how lovely ... and appropriate!

femminismo said...

Ah, what a mix of old books, graphics and string! Love the words with the pictures. It blends perfectly. Neato, skeeto! - Jeanne

vivian said...

inspiring once again..

deb said...

you mean there are people who don't love books and/or make art from their pieces!! As always its all love from here!

Robyn said...

These are really great! Love the rough edge. I am also passionate about books and have an ingrained horror of ripping into them....but I'm slowly beginning to come round.....actually when it finally happens I could go beserk.

Lynn said...

Interesting...

DebbieOverton said...

Great new series! I too have no hesitation is tearing into those books as long as they are put to good use! Reminder: your interview that has been long awaited will be featured on MMCA Marketplace June 16th.

My Mane in the Wind said...

No longer for purchase!!! I received this lovely gem (Leotie)just a few days ago and I love her! Thanks Seth!