By Melanie Jacobs, Light Street Branch
For the second year in a row, the Light Street Branch held an Altered Books Contest in conjunction with the Adult Summer Reading Program. The entries this year were phenomenal and showed immense creativity. Judges were local artists Mark Cottman, Ann Wiker and Jenny O'Grady.
The judges were impressed by the gamut of imaginative entries and had a difficult decision choosing the the ultimate winners. The branch hosted a reception on August 12th and the winners were announced. Congratulations to Jameka Coplin and Melanie Jacobs. Thanks to all who participated and to the Friends of the Light Street Branch who generously supported the event.
Winning entry by Jameka Coplin
Winner Jameka Coplin chose to alter a book titled "The Palace of Impossible Dreams" by Jennifer Fallon to depict tranquility, peace and reflection. Comments from the judges included, "Terrific use of erasure on the left, gorgeous paper sculpture on the right."
Staff Winner Melanie Jacobs transformed "The Final Days" by Bob Woodward & Carl Bernstein into a dimensional "tunnel" book she renamed 1974: Tunnel's End. A judge commented, "Enticing cover with excellent details. Neatly done and lovingly cut. Beautiful!"
To learn more about altered books, check out Melanie's blog post from the 2012 Altered Books Contest, Palimpsests to Grangerism: Altered Books at the Pratt.