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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Library Team wins Most Creative Altered Book

In conjunction with the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts new exhibit of Altered Books as Art, a contest was offered to library teams.  The challenge was taken up by Waldo Library employees Miranda, Geri, Cecelia, Law, and Marianne as the Waldo Weeders team. On this recent Friday their skills were put to the test to create a masterpiece in 90 minutes. It emerged as a Wizard of Oz scene with a twist and won the 'Most Creative Altered Book Sculpture'. The design included open books as the back drop with text pages under green translucent paper as parts of the emerald city. More open books became fields of grassy, blooming  red sequin poppies. It is completed with a yellow brick road and 2 tin men holding hands. See the pictures below of the process and team.

 The Friday, July 10 event was titled, "Get Altered at the KIA" The Waldo team members made up of 4 staffers and a student employee are from Technical Services and Digitization Center. They had a plan and a concept and went in with some materials and hand tools including volumes of sequins and green glitter. Two tables full of craft supplies and tools were furnished to all the teams along with hundreds of books to choose from. A tour of the professional exhibit was the prelude to the competition for inspiration. The event was during Friday's Art Hop, so many visitors wandered in to see the works in process. Congratulations to the Waldo Weeders team for all your efforts and a great design.