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Altered books and book sculpture


Altered books and book sculpture

A site for discussions about altered books and book based sculptures.

Location: Worldwide
Members: 159
Latest Activity: Jan 19, 2017

NEWS & INFO: Altered books and book sculpture

Altered Books website here

ISABA is the International Society of Altered Book Artists and their website is here.

Altered books in the State Library of Queensland collection info online here.

Altered books in Wikipedia here.

A Humument by Tom Philips

Video of Brian Dettner at work.

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Comment by Abigail Thomas on November 15, 2010 at 0:56
Hi Fiona, i'm in London; got a stall at this years Handmade & Bound artists' book fair next weekend; if you are free come along and we can have a chat; would be nice to meet someone from online!
Comment by Fion Gunn on November 15, 2010 at 0:41
Hi All
I loved all the images on the chocolategirl64 blogspot recommended by Carol Ramsey. Are any of you based in London? I would really like to get a show together or collaborate with some other artists who are not a million miles away. Fion Gunn
Comment by Linda Douglas on February 17, 2010 at 2:40
Dear friends, In April, my plan is to launch The Australian Book Arts Journal for book artists, printmakers, calligraphers and writers! The theme for the first issue is Beginnings. If you have any article or story that you think might make an impact, a review of a book, a review with pics of an exhibition, a technique article or tutorial with images, please contact me at the journal is exclusively Australian content. I am most excited about publishing this quarterly journal and hope you will see it as a vehicle for your work - besides, there is nothing like a book in the hand!
Comment by Carol Ramsay on February 8, 2010 at 20:52
Someone has been blogging about an exhibition I am in at the moment, there are lots of good images so thought I'd post the link.
Comment by Tracy Turner on January 4, 2010 at 8:39
Surf Bunny - I think you will find that people have been adding comments below but haven't actually been starting a discussion on a particular subject. To start a discussion thread within this forum people need to click on the 'start a discussion' link just above the comment wall.

Hope this helps explain - though I've no idea why noone wants to start a discussion topic.
Comment by Surf Bunny on January 4, 2010 at 8:33
Can anybody explain why this group says it was updated Dec 29th, but when I come look there are no discussion topics and the last comment was in September? I really don't understand how Ning works (or maybe it just doesn't?)

Comment by Sheila Jonah on September 10, 2009 at 1:15
Making lots of cool books - see my latest on exhibition in Vancouver.
Comment by Robert Heather on August 21, 2009 at 17:15
Recent article in Melbourne newspaper about altered books and Craft Hatch market this weekend.
Comment by Robert Heather on July 29, 2009 at 12:06
Has anyone seen any interesting exhibitions of altered books recently?
Comment by Sally Canzoneri on March 18, 2009 at 12:16

Under American copyright law, you do not have a problem if you are using the actual books and other printed materials, because such use falls under the "first use" doctrine. You own the book, so you can do whatever you want with it. (If you think about this, it makes sense; you wouldn't worry about the copyright of a patterned paper or fabric you bought to use in a piece.)

I think you could have a problem if you sold photos you took of the resulting artwork, because then there might be an argument that the photograph is a derivative work, but I would think that photos distributed free to promote your own piece would not likely be a problem.

Of course, if the works are in the public domain, you have no problems.

However, I can't speak to the issue of the moral rights of the original artist (say of a map you used) under European law. My understanding is that these are different than in America.

I can give you some good sites on American copyright law -- one being the US copyright Office. I would assume there are similar sources on UK law. Try checking sites of UK law schools and the agency that administers the copyright law there.

One hint, regarding maps (and other things): Unlike Britain, where the Crown holds copyright to government publications, all US government publications are in the public domain. And a lot of PD stuff is available at the Library of Congress web site. The US Geological Survey did lovely maps of the whole US. One can buy them in stores here (hikers like them) and you can probably find them on the web somewhere.

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