(Photo from the Nicholas Jones website).
I love doing things with paper, so this weekend I decided to spend some time transforming two books myself. I would probably never be able to use a 'good' book for this, but really, some books are just not worth keeping. These are two that I got at a carboot sale for about R2 each. (Not that the price of a book determines its value, but that is another issue.) One I bought because it had a nice hard cover, and I intended using it for a journal. The second, a paperback, was bought for light reading, it was supposed to be a thriller, but not very thrilling (actually, it was quite bad), so I never finished it.
Some pics of my final products:
I quite like his statement that this type of book art is as much about the process as it is about the form. I found folding the pages very meditative, in a "fold-top, fold-bottom, turn; fold-top, fold-bottom, turn" kind of way. Do a couple of hundred of these mindfully, and you're meditating, baby! So I placed them with my buddha sculptures ...
And apart from altering books, I read some too. Finished Niall Williams's Four Letters of Love, and The Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman. Both really beautiful. Now those I could never use for the above!