Assemblage art is created with an assembly of 3-D items. It appears often in altered books. Altered book artists know few limits when it comes to using unusual 3-D elements.
The image above is a layout from the first altered book that I made. The elements include text from the original book, images from other sources, computer text printed on paper that I aged with decorative chalks, vellum, buttons, and an embellishment made from card stock and quilling.
When incorporating assemblage art in an altered book, we often cut niches in the book to contain the 3-D items. Using niches allows the book to close properly. Instructions for creating niches appear in the technique section of this web site.
Other elements that I have used in altered book layouts include dried flowers, artificial flowers, beads, keys, tiny padlocks, charms, wire embellishments, eyelets and brads, fiber, ribbon, lace, brochures, shelf lining, sound buttons that play music, small straw hats purchased at Michaels, colored sand, seashells, items made with shrink plastic, raffia, feathers, lace and even speaker cable that you use when installing audio-visual equipment. As you can see, you are limited only by your imagination.
Attaching the 3-D elements to the page is one of the greatest challenges in altered-book making. Various approaches include sewing with needle and thread, fastening with decorative wire, attaching with eyelets, and of course, gluing. Gluing is covered in detail in the technique section.
Assemblage art differs from collage art in that collage art is made with flat, 2-D elements.
The International Design of Collage, Assemblage and Construction. Interesting exhibits, although not pertaining to altered books.
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