Art of papercut and book carving
Art of papercut and book carving. The artfully carved book is called altered book, it is a form of mixed media artwork that changes a book from its original form into a different form, altering its appearance and meaning. Talented artists use old or new, recycled or multiple books, then cut, tear, glue, burn, fold, paint, rebind, gold-leaf, creating incredible art, sometimes even masterpieces. Altered books are shown and sold in art galleries and on the Internet. An exhibition of altered books by contemporary artists was shown at the Bellevue Arts Museum in 2009, titled The Book Borrowers. It contained 31 works, books transformed into sculptural works. The John Michael Kohler Arts Center will host an exhibition of altered books in early 2010.