Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Wild Women, Steampunk and Flying Free! - Altered Book Round Robin

by Leslie Brier, Brier Design Studio

Last week, my altered book group met to share our latest creations for the Altered Book Round Robin. I am so excited about the artwork made by Terry Pitzel for my steampunk-themed book. The doll was a part of the pages that Terry worked on. I took a quick picture of her before I tucked her into the book and sent her on her way with the next artist.

Here she is as part of the spread that Terry did. Isn't it wonderful?  

Linda Madden created this work for (below)  Jennifer Gorman's book. The book's theme is "fly free". The flower centers on the left are textured metal, and Angelina fibers make up some of the foliage. The heart and wings are fabric and embroidery.  I hope you can click on it to see some of the detail. I think I had my camera on a lower resolution setting than usual.

I worked in Terry Pitzel's book. Her theme is "notorious women" . I decided to go with Josephine Baker. I learned so much about her. She spent a lot of time in Paris. When she died more than 20,000 people attended her funeral. She was also an actively involved in the civil rights movement.

 Of course, I had to include an image of her in the banana skirt!
 The writing around her is quoted from Josephine herself.
 I made a Josephine Baker doll for the paper doll section as well. I had some tiny banana-shaped beads that worked perfectly for her skirt.
This month I'll be working in the "fly free" book. I have an image in mind - I just have to figure out how I'm going to use it.


Pretty Things said...

These are all kinds of awesome!

Marrakech artist said...

Wonderful! I love your collages and creations. My husband and I recently bought a house in Marrakech and we learned from the neighbours that Josephine baker used to live there! By chance we had already decided to call the house Riad Star!!!! We had not heard of her before but since have become devotees and are doing up her old Marrakech home in a way that would please her we hope. Check it out if you are interested. We open as a hotel in May 2013. Please also look at which I think you will like.
Many thanks, Lucie

Marrakech artist said...

love your creations of Josephine baker. we discovered that we bought her marrakech home quite by chance . We are turning it into a hotel that I think she would love. check out our website: