For my altered book project, I tried to replicate this design of cutting and gutting out the pages of the book, The Invention of Hugo Cabret. I wanted to use a longer and bigger book. I liked how this idea displayed an illusion using the shift in depth and the repetitive circles. I only wanted to carve through about ⅓ of the pages. I started by cutting the smaller circles towards the end of the book and made my way towards the middle of the book with the circles carved in each page getting bigger. The size changed in about increments of 25 pages and I did __ different sizes of circles – the ones towards the end of the book being the smallest and the one in the middle were the biggest. At first, carving the pages was difficult because they were on the thicker side. But then I developed more of a technique and sharpened the blade of the box cutter and was carving through about 3 pages at a time. Although somewhat time consuming and messy, I like how the pages are somewhat frayed now and how the illusion turned out overall. In hindsight, I wish I had used more pages per size and carved a greater total of pages so the design would be deeper.
Another aspect I loved and wanted to incorporate of the book in my project were the amazing sketches and drawings. With so many to choose from, I cut out good sizes and poses of the main characters/concepts – Hugo, Isabelle, automaton, and a clock. I glued them to thin cardboard to keep them sturdy and then placed them at different levels and pages like in the original design. Since clocks are a main component of the story, I used the cutout as a background. The opening page has a hand beside it, making it look as if someone is holding the little world in its hand. I then rubber-glued all the pages including the carved ones until the last page together to hold the whole design together. Finally, I added a ribbon bookmark so the reader/observer can get right to the page in which the alterations start. Otherwise, I left the rest of the book and outside in-tact. I like how, when the book is closed, you can’t tell it’s been altered until you look inside, enhancing the idea that you can’t judge a book by its cover. I loved this project and I loved this class! Thank you :).