I've just completed the final entry in Seth Apter's amazing Innerworks book
titled "Distressed Elements " which is also my last book to work in for our altered book collaboration. What a wonderful opportunity it's been to work with 5 spectacular artists, to participate in an altered book collaboration for the first time, and to be influenced by the selected themes and personality of each artist. Seth's theme- as he describes here, has inspired me to complete these pages in a new style, engaging in different types of techniques while exploring this new concept for me of "distressed elements".
As you begin, try to imagine that in the background, an old wind up Victrola is playing "parlor" music.
Working in this book was a time for unveiling thoughts about myself, my life, the world around me and my connection to my mom - inspired by the photographs of people that Seth included in his opening section. Here are a few images from my pages.
The young girl's face below is that of my mom at about age 2.
To view and frame her picture on the right side and another scene on the left side of the page - I made and inserted a glass pane window which you can see below.
Below is an excerpt from a poem written by Elizabeth Barrett Browning from one of my pages.
This page reflects a state of renewal and rebirth- reflected with a pair of beautiful wings on a butterfly given to me by Alicia of Altered Bits.
Thank you Seth and all of my amazing InnerWorks collaborators who have worked in this book before me, gifting me with their thoughts - enabling my creative spirit to soar, and blessing me with the wonderful fortune to have my artwork grace this book.