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3.0 out of 5 stars Beginners goldmine, May 3, 2006
This review is from: Pockets, Pull-outs, and Hiding Places: Interactive Elements for Altered Books, Memory Art, and Collage (Paperback)
Buy this book if you are new to altered forms, pockets and pull-outs; the instructions and examples are all clear and explicit. There's 20+ techniques/models, so you'll get your money's worth. The examples are very mommy-track and scrapbooky, which is all good, but not the same as leading-edge altered art. (Hence the battle-of-reviewers found here. Sheesh.)

If you're looking for something edgier or with greater range in style and substance, consider the books and websites of Teesha Moore, Sarah Fishburn, Lesley Riley, Claudine Hellmuth, Lynne Perella, Jan Bode-Smiley, Sas Colby, Karen Michel and others in this class.

I gave this a 3-of-5 because of un-truth in advertising; the title, *Pockets, Pull-outs, and Hiding Places: Interactive Elements for Altered Books, Memory Art, and Collage*, is a misnomer.
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Initial post: Mar 13, 2010 10:00:57 PM PST
Morazan says:
Thank you for taking the time to name all those artists who work in this genre. I just visited every one of their websites, and found a motherload of great material. I plan to buy several of their books, so you've done a good thing.

Posted on Apr 29, 2013 12:18:14 PM PDT
Lucy PanHead says:
Thank you for being so candid. I'm a fiber artist wanting to learn more about altered book techniques, and I'm also very tired of the instruction books that rework photos of the author's kids (here's little Kim with a pink theme, here's little Kim with a yellow theme, here's little Kim with polka dots). I see that your review was from 2006, and unfortunately, it's still valid today. Scrapbook cross-overs, art blogging magazines or whatever, the theme is usually cute kids. I feel like I'm at a doting grandmother's house, forced to hold back the yawns as we pore over endless photos of the same kids. Some people need to move on from tintypes, too, it's been done to death. Thanks again, I appreciated your honest review, it saved me money. I appreciate your list of artists who have expanded the field beyond family photo albums.
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