Altering books is a very old method of 'recycling'.
Long before the printed book, monks recycled old parchment manuscripts by scraping off the ink and adding fresh text and illustration. When I recently visited Designing English I noticed quite a few examples of words, illustrations and annotations added (at a later date) to the margins.
As they say, there is nothing new etc. etc.
You could say that this exhibition, organised by the group Sparksartists, is therefore following in a very fine tradition!
These are just a few of my favourites . . . there is so much more to see!
Barbara Pearman: From a Cornish Window
Made while artist-in-residence at Cape Cornwall.
Dorothea Reid: Full Fathom Five
Original book, Shakespeare Survey 1 ed A Nicoll 1948
Original book, Simple Pruning by N Catchpole RHS 1948
Original book, Pictures of Britain Series: English Garden Flowers by George M Taylor 1946
Original book, Readers Digest water life of Britain
Original books, Bolingwood and his times, volume 1 & 2 by S Sichel
Itoqqippoq means 'washing line' in Greenlandic. The narrative of this book is created from a series of photographs of frozen washing, observed in west Greenland. In the Artic, laundry is left out to freeze-dry all winter long, but these sheets were dancing in the wind - a sign of spring.