Vintage Clothing Altered Book round robin

I joined up for this project that looks like it is going to be alot of fun. Have you ever heard of Altered Books? You take a regular book and do art projects within the pages - paint, glue, cut, stencil, stamp whatever. A project was started on the ebay vintage clothing board for an altered book project about vintage clothing, so I signed up too. There are 13 people in the group, each person chooses the theme for their own book. You do a few pages in your book, then send your book to the next person on the mailing list, and then you receive someone else's book, and you decorate a few pages in their book using their theme. Then you mail that book to the next person, and you receive another book to do. Get it? 1 month is given for each book to allow time to work on it and to mail it to the next person. So the project will take a year to do, until you finally get your book back, after it has been worked on by everyone in the group.
My theme is 'Lingerie & Summer wear from the 1920-40s'

Here are a few photos - First is the inner cover. I used an old orderform from a Bellas Hess catalog for each person to sign in. It's hard to see the dimensions of the book in a flat photo, but I also used part of a hanky, black ribbon, a silk flower and some lace and rhinestone appliques from a long disintegrated 1920s dress. Oh, and of course I had to sneak a picture of the big hurley-burley Boris in there - Click imges for larger views.

Next is the first two page layout called 'Dainty Things' part of it was copied from a 1920s fashion magazine, the bedroom image is from Victorian magazine. They were glued over some old lace with tiny organza flowers and a snippet of tulle and an old card with a few buttons on it. Covered with a sealer that has a very fine glitter in it.

Bye for now, Carol


Alison said...

What a FABULOUS idea! A unique piece of art. Can't wait to see photos of the finished product. That year's going to go really slowly isn't it?
Did you use a new blank hardbacked book or is it an old one with print?

Carol@Dandelion Vintage said...

Hi Alison,
You can use any kind of book for the project, a blank scrapbook or journal or a regular reading book. My book was an essay/biography book on Dostoevsky from the 1950s. The girl's who book that I am working on now made her own book by taking the cover off of an old book, recovering it, punching holes in the ends and binding it with colored yarn. The pages are nice textured textured paper.

If you search google or Yahoo for 'altered books' you'll see several website dedicated to the art, and several art groups, and amazing examples.

It's going to be a very long year waiting to get my finished book back! But we are posting photos of each other pages as we go along.


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