Live Life in Full Bloom

Live Life in Full Bloom

Live Life in Full Bloom 

Altered Book Art to Inspire You

Books have a way of inspiring each of us to follow our dreams. This stunning piece is no different as it is actually a vintage book transformed through the art of book folding and origami. It's a gentle reminder that life is meant to be lived in full bloom.

The beautiful flowers which are the focal point of this design are handfolded out of vintage maps in a modular origami form know as the Kusudama Flower. Each of the delicate petals is folded separately and then gathered together to form the blossom. The paper flowers are then gathered and inserted into the folded pages of the once discarded book. The inside covers of the book are accented with a lace design formed with tile grout! Wonderful accent pieces finishing this design include rare burgundy colored Scrabble tiles and round black pieces laser cut from vintage record albums.

All of my altered books are one-of-a-kind originals--no two pieces are exactly alike. I love to "rescue" old, unwanted books and restyle them into unique keepsakes. Regretfully we live in a disposable world and paper bound books seem destined to become a thing of the past. The only thing worse than an unloved book gathering dust on a shelf is a discarded book in a landfill. And so, I see my work as a way of transforming these soon to be relics into wonderful pieces of art. Designs featuring symbols, words or patterns are meant to inspire and encourage and ultimately to make you look at a book and even art in a new light.