Saturday, August 4, 2012

Altered books ...

Mixed media book collages are among my very favorite works of art. The work of two truly gifted artists, Lindy Trenholm and Lisa Kokin, have inspired me to begin creating altered books of my own. Though I am just beginning the process, both of these incredible talents bring unexpected surprises to each page they craft and shape my vision for artistic storybook collages.

Lindy Trenholm
What do you do when you decide to leave a successful career as a Visual Merchandiser for Tiffany & Co.? If you're Lindy Trenholm, you give new form to those outstanding creative composition skills and become an acclaimed mixed media artist.


'China Ranch' was the very first work I saw by Trenholm, and I was mesmerized by the vast array of textures and colors she used in her book collage.


It was so visually compelling artistically and enchanting in its storytelling that I wanted it to go on and on. I loved her combined use of photos, fabrics, drawings and collection of intriguing remnants to tell a storybook tale by altering an existing book.


Since that first encounter, I have vigorously sought out Trenholm's work, and found great pleasure in more of her charming art books, including 'Casa Nambe' below.



And, I can't resist 'A Joyful Journey to France.' Trenholm, like me, loves her annual pilgrimage to France where inspiration abounds and fuels her artistic vision.


All images of her work above by Lindy Trenholm.


Lisa Kokin
Since graduating with a Master of Fine Arts from the California College of Arts and Crafts in 1991, Lisa Kokin has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad. Truly a mixed media artist, she creates amazing works from buttons, sculpts with everyday objects, and crafts beautiful book collages.






Kokin has an ethereal style that calls to mind images from a bygone era. Her work reaches in and grabs historical, personal experiences from my soul. I am captivated.

She also sews found photos, like the image below. Utterly cool!


All images of her work above by Lisa Kokin.

So, now you know where my artful thoughts have been headed.

Image via Alamodeus.


I'll definitely take you through my book collage creation process when there is more to show, but for now you can see that I start out by purchasing children's books (with hard cardboard pages) at a favorite thrift store (recycle, recycle, recycle) and apply gesso to each page to create a clean canvas, which you see here. Next, all the fun begins!

1 comment:

Krystina said...

Cool idea with the gesso! I look forward to seeing what you come up with!

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