Dissected Library: Altered Books Jewelry
To Be Young
As is often the case, the jewelry evolved out of a sense of play. In the course of making the larger altered books, I ended up with lots of bits and pieces - of words, pages & covers - which I eventually worked into a unique collection of necklaces that are fun, wearable and another platform for recycling words and books.
The “beads” for these necklaces come from book parts: stacks of pages formed into blocks, strips of pages rolled into cylinders, shapes cut out of the cover boards and thin slices of books with the pages fanned open – they are strung on hemp, cotton or bamboo cord with either a “lobster claw” or lanyard closure – glass beads add color and texture - lastly, I often add fragments of poetry created from culled words – they can be worn reversed as well with some having poetry on both sides.