Texas-based artist Susan Hoerth collects pieces from her travels around the world and uses them to bring new life to books. Each piece that Susan designs includes “a mixture of the discarded and forgotten ordinary moments in everyday life.”

Susan says:

“Altering books can be a fun way to create something beautiful and personally meaningful out of something that has seen better days. Creating something that expresses a rebirth of perhaps a lost idea is for me a deep personal communication of understanding a new value to aging.”

Below is an example of one of Susan’s unique pieces. This is a 1902 book featuring stories by Edgar Allan Poe, re-purposed using fold techniques to create three lovely nooks for the illustration cuts.

If you want to learn more about Altered Book Art, visit Susan Hoerth’s blog here.

If you would like to learn more about our Edgar Allan Poe journal, visit our Embellished Manuscripts products page here

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  1. Hello, I just learned about your company and website this afternoon. I have purchased many Paperblanks over the years. Love them! My husband and I make hand-sewn and/or hand-finished memoirs in the Vancouver, BC area. Can our business be considered for showcasing on this page of your website? We would love people to know what we do with Book Art!


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