words kill, words give life

Saturday Site – Altered Books

Posted in art, etc., books and stories by Kaitlin on June 20, 2009

altered books

The focus today? Altered books.

The practice of altering books can take many different forms, but the purpose of this site is to “find poems in the pages by the process of obliteration.” Beautiful, right? This page focuses on the art created by its collaboraters while also offering links to other pages of altered books.

I love looking at patterns in the words of books and these works of art highlight this poetry with markers, paper cutouts and crayons.

Downsides: Ummm, I can’t really think of any (I might have to take this section off 🙂 ) I suppose purists might say they are defacing the books, but I prefer to see it as liberating the greater message hidden within.

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  1. Bridgette said, on June 20, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Alter books are the bees knees!

  2. SO Art Studio said, on April 18, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Came across this today in my search for altered book information. I don’t think it is defacing books at all. Many people do not realize that many books are destroyed when their circulation diminishes. This is done to make room for new titles that the public demands. Many libraries have sales of these books and what doesn’t sell gets destroyed. More and more altered book artists are coming out and more shows are happening around this medium. Here is a link to show coming up pretty soon and they have lots of links to some great ways to use books and to see the art of others! http://deconstructionreconstruction.wordpress.com/


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