Book Smart

“Book Smart” is an original handcut paper collage on an actual book cover. Some imperfections in the substrate are part of its charm and one of a kind status.

I love books and I love all things vintage, so original collage on book covers is a natural. This lovely green novel featured a map, to which I added the ominous sounding “Street St.” from a penmanship workbook, and an actual library checkout card. A typed announcement for the church ice cream fundraiser is matched with the actual registration card from my vintage Smith-Corona manual typewriter. The guy might be Moses – I don’t quite remember, but he appears to have some tablet with writing, keeping with the book theme. His rather confused expression made me chuckle when I added the text “You can look thrillingly smart.” Thus, Book Smart was born.