A few weeks ago, I was invited to join a very distinguished and elite group of artists in a small altered book round robin. Tickled, I simply could not pass up the opportunity to be able to share art with these talented ladies!
I didn't have much time to prepare a book for the round, so I did something I've never done before. Like some of the other participants, I decided NOT to have a theme for my book. Why not give these artists absolute freedom to create their art in my book? The more I thought about this idea, the more I liked it.
Of course, not having a theme made it difficult for me to figure out how to start my book...I have to say that my inspiration came from a few different sources. Earlier this month, a dear friend from Palm Springs showed me an altered lace book that was just so delicious! Second, I will soon be working on a book for my Hawaii AB RR whose theme is "Diamonds & Rust." I had already decided that I would do a spread inspired by "Leather & Lace" for that book. Both are song titles, but I really liked the juxtaposition between the refined versus the crude.
Now, I don't usually work with fabric. It's just not me. But I gradually brought out the scraps of fabric, ribbon and trim that I have stashed away and began to pull the textures and colors that I was drawn to. It soon became apparent that I was channeling a very vintage, victorian piece (also not me). I assembled the different pieces, added a little touch of gold, a little bit of hardware and topped it off with some bling and this is what I came up with!