Saturday, June 28, 2008

More HOARDing- an Altered Book

A mini Little Golden Book turned into a pocket sized treasury of "stuff". Some oversized pages, flaunting their fibers, entice you to pick up the book. Left hand side is a piece of a page from a crossword puzzle dictionary and where I got the title of my little book. On the right side, the broken black button and two silver eyehooks at the top and pearl button at the bottom of the page are glued on with Diamond Glaze to add dimension to the illusion created by my photograph of tiny stuff.





The vintage photo is a copy of an original I have in my collection, but the paper photo corners are the real vintage thing, rescued from a neighbor's trash. The quote is a real one from a local man who grew up during the Great Depression. I attached a piece of string to the gold safety pin as a symbol of the ubiqutious string that would have been saved for when it might be needed. Background paper was created by rubber stamping a townhouse facade (A Stamp in the Hand) over a c. 1978 Kansas city Star classifieds, yellowed with age (a priceless find in an old suitcase). The word "hoarding" under the vintage photo was originally "boarding" before I appropriately altered it (divine serendipity!)




St. Hoardica is my favorite page. What do you do when your religion forbids coveting material things? You rationalize your obsession! The lovely picture was an anonymous saint found in a cheap picture frame. She now has a name and a story (fictional!) I am not Catholic and don't subscribe to praying to saints, but St. Hoardica is growing on me. Maybe because I invented her! heehee Her halo sports 3 sequin stars attached with dots of Diamond Glaze. Anywhere you see typewriter print in this book (or anywhere else in my art, for that matter!), it is done on a long suffering vintage typewriter I bought at a local shop. I own 3 typewriters now, but this one is my first and favorite. I'll share my typewriter collection and stories sometime.





6 comments:

Linda said...

I love this little book. Oh, my! And St. Hoardica..... you have a VERY creative mind, girl. I want to alter a book.... hahaha Okay...I will begin working in the wonderful book you sent me... tomorrow. I think I'm going to put those tip-ins that we swapped in it to begin with. Of course, now I want to do a tiny book....

Donna said...

You have Such patience!!! Beautiful!!!

Holly Loves Art said...

Thanks so much for dropping by my blog! Yours is really wonderful! Love this little book. They are so fun to make! Addicting!

Take care,
Holly

Beth said...

you are completely full of altered book talent....they are SO great !

Anna said...

omgoodness..... i love your st hordica.... you need to copyright it.... very creative.... what's hoard? a swap u are in or something u made up? (sorry for my ignorance.....)
anna

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

Brilliant!!! am imagining your tiny Golden book = SO clever and well done!