Sunday, February 20, 2011

Collage Collections on The Altered Page

Check out Collector's Edition Volume 8 over on Seth Apter's blog The Altered Page. Seth had mentioned two of my collage techniques in his Secret Sunday series a while back and this Sunday he included my statement about collecting old books. Visit his site to see what other collage artists are obsessed with!

And if old books are your interest also, you might enjoy my latest blog called Biblio - Dots.


MrCachet said...


I'm here via Seth's Altered Page blog, and saw your handle - so now you have a NEW blog open for exploration. I'll follow along. I too like the old tomes, but mostly for the covers - what's between them I'm not so interested, but occasionally find a real bargain. I picked up a paperback Japanese art book a couple of weeks ago - not a word of English, all in Kanji, for two bucks. Not as old as some of yours (from the looks of the architecture, I'd say post WWII), but still old and the paper is beginning to tone...

AnitaNH said...

Hello Dave, I've been meaning to leave a comment on your canning jar post. Love your letterhead drawing! I have a couple of blue jars with glass lids.

Seth said...

Thanks for being a part of this project Anita and getting the word out!

patq said...

Directed to your great site thru Seth's.
I too am interested in old books that are copyright free. But I cannot find a clear definition of what is copyright free. I would like to use pages, or pictures or old photos in my art that might possibly be sold. So a quandary! Any input would be appreciated.


AnitaNH said...

Hello Pat, I'm happy that you found my blog. Copyright is a complicated issue. I have read much discussion on the topic on Cecil Touchon's excellent Yahoo group for collage artists:

One trick I use is to check the item's record for "possible copyright status" in the Internet Archive. Link below is to an example:

I usually look for material published prior to 1923 but I do not always adhere to that limitation. Much of what I use is further manipulated in some way by layering, cropping, repeating etc. in photoshop. Sometimes I start with an image and then paint over it. There are some museum sites that expressly FORBID use of their images in ANY form. A British museum with some lovely vintage advertising broadsides comes to mind. I stay clear of those.

If I make use of something created by another artist I do so as a tribute. An example is my collage titled "After LeParc (Theme No. 1)"

My "Inadvertent Valentine" is a further progression of that tribute: