Sunday, November 29, 2009

Weekly Challenge at Inspiration Avenue- French

For this weeks challenge, I'm submitting an altered book from my "Joie de Vivre" series. 

The theme of this 7 1/2" X 5 1/2" altered board book is part of my "Joie de Vivre" series with the emphasis placed on friendship and journeys. I used a replica of an antique map of France to create the outer edge of the front cover which was then covered with lush cotton rag paper.

The inside pages were glued together, covered with recycled book pages and cut to create a frame for the print of my painting depicting a figure celebrating life or "Joie de Vivre".
The four tags each carries a different quote representing friendship and/or travels;
"A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles" Tim Cahill,
"Be Like the flower, turn your face to the sun" Kahil Gilbran,
"Two roads diverged in a wood and I- I took the one less traveled by" Robert Frost,
"Let your best be for your friend" Kahil Gilbran.

I guess it doesn't *technically* hit the theme of French except through its' title and the map I used.  But since my work consists mostly of flowers and books, I'll probably be going with "loose interpretations" each week!


Yvonne said...

WOW, what a fantastic piece of art!

WrightStuff said...

There's nothing wrong with a bit of 'loose' interpretation when it turns out a beautiful creation! It looks such an interesting and intriguing piece. Great stuff!

artangel said...

Beautiful Stephanie! I love the recycled aspect too :)

patk860 said...

the tag quotes are really cool! french enough for me!

Charlie said...

Very lovely Stephanie! Is an altered board book the same as an altered art book? I'm familiar with altering books but not sure about the board part.
It's beautiful anyway.

Shelinwa said...

SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEET love it. you have such a neat way of altering things.
Looking forward to what you have up your sleeves for P & C

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

Thanks for all the lovely comments! Charlie- an altered board book is a children's book that has been recycled into art. I've never heard it called an alterd art book though, is their a difference?

Chris said...

Oh, I love altered books. Those colors are great I love anything that incorporates a map.