Books as Art: Carol Owen's mixed media
In part two of our Book Art Week, we're featuring Carol Owen, a North Carolinian who crafts dreamy reinventions of books. Her creations, which she calls "altered books," have the "found-object" and Victorian feel of Joseph Cornell's boxes. I'd love to see her version of Alice in Wonderland. Here's our Q&A with Carol:
How long have you been working with books and/or paper? I’ve been working with paper for a long time. I made my own paper for several years, and created wall pieces with it. And with the shrine Spirit Houses I do, I use handmade Japanese rice paper, and collage with various papers.
What is it about books that connects with you – and with buyers? I got into altered books about 5 or 6 years ago. I’ve always had a love of books, since I was a child. And with the altered books, people are fascinated with holding a book in their hands and turning pages to reveal the art work.
Name a favorite book, and tell us why you liked it. Nick Bantock’s books, specifically the Gryphon and Sabine series, started me on my fascination with altered books. And I collect Robert Sabuda’s pop-up books.
What have you read lately that you’d recommend? I’m in a book club (actually, I’m in two book clubs!), and my favorite read lately was The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society. It really grabs your heart.