I am so excited to be a part of this fascinating collaborative, Inner Works.
For me, winter time is a time of soul searching, day dreams and finding new meanings and inspiration from the everyday world. This project comes at the perfect time.
The theme I chose for my altered book is "Earth Tones."
I am intrigued by the earth and all of it's colors and sounds, in the natural world but also in history and celebrations of people that are close to their world of nature. Dancing and drums from different cultures call to me as well as poetry and songs.
My wish is for this project is for the other artists to "listen to the tones of the earth," to create their own pieces of art that represent the color, music or traditions of our world.
The first photograph above is the book I have chosen to alter. It is an old keeper of record albums. It is about 8 x 8 inches square and is a dark red. I have already started on the cover. Surrounding it are images or objects I may use in the project. When I first began searching for this book, I chose "The Last Days of Pompeii," because I loved the cover and the yellowed pages, but as I began trying to connect these old pages into groups they disintegrated with my every touch, thus a new book had to be found!
Next is the book opened to the two pages I am starting. I divided the book into 6 sections not counting the first and last page. I connected them with brads, but each artist is welcomed to do what they like with them. As seen, there are circular openings and envelopes which could be used or not...
Lastly some writing I did about "Earth Tones"... a poem of sorts...
As this project begins I welcome working with these amazing five artists and am excited to start working!