2012 Altered Books Display in the Library

Presidential Courage and the Web of Power, altered book by Charity Rouse


Altering a book is a great way to explore your creativity and give new life to an unwanted book. You can adapt just about any technique or material to create a unique work of art from a book.

‘But I’m not creative’, you say. Of course you are!

If drawing is not for you, use image transfer, collage, or painting techniques to create a variety of images. Or, try something even simpler than that: fold, cut, tear, or sew to create a 3-dimensional structure or a pop-up book.

There are so many options and the best part is that if you don’t like what you’ve created, you can tear out those pages and try something new.

Need a few ideas to help you get started? Check out the Library’s Flickr page to see altered books from previous displays: http://www.flickr.com/photos/topekalibrary/collections/72157625701917912/.

To have your altered book displayed in the library, please bring it to the Sabatini Gallery before 9pm on Monday, Oct. 29, 2012. The books will be on display from Nov. 6, 2012 – Jan. 2, 2013.

Questions? Stop by or call the Sabatini Gallery at 785-580-4515.

The Repurposed Library by Lisa Occhipinti, 702.81 OCC

Image Transfer Workshop by Darlene Olivia McElroy, 745.5 MCE

Altered Book Collage by Barbara Matthiessen, 702.81 MAT

Brea Black is the Art Librarian and Book Arts Curator in the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery. Her favorite thing is to share the wonderful world of artists' books with the community. She also leads the Arts & Crafts team and teaches workshops on bookmaking, altered books, and a variety of crafty topics.