Monday, July 22, 2013

GIT/PTA: Detroit Altered Book Page

For Glue it Tuesday (sponsored by Artsyville) today, I'm sharing the latest spread in my Passport to Art altered book. This page was inspired by the prompt for Day 6, which encouraged me to think about the types of things which are speeding past in my life, as well as the changing technology of our age. 
As I reflected on the prompt, as well as the various travels of my life, I decided to journal about the trips I take to Detroit to work as a member of the Public Review Board for the United Auto Workers. I feel like I have really seen history pass before my eyes during my tenure on the Board. I have had the honor and privilege of working with some of the giants in the field of labor relations. On the other hand, I sometimes feel like I have a front row seat to the decline of the American auto industry and the effect this has had on U.S. cities and their workers. To see my page in more detail, just click on the picture.
I started with a page in my book which was had some photos of San Francisco after the devastating 1908 Earthquake and some pictures of workers rebuilding. I glued on some map paper (I was lucky enough to find pieces which featured Detroit, as well as other cities which used to have thriving auto plants, like Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Buffalo); some pictures from the Diego Rivera Ford mural in the Detroit Museum of Art (I bought a calendar and cut pictures up from there and put them in my stash several years ago); and some Club Scrap borders and backgrounds images of cars and letters to spell Detroit. I added a quote from my stash ("The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see." G.K. Chesterton); and some journaling blocks. The page has lots of layers, and I like that it documents some of my business travel.
The Passport to Art class is up to prompt #22, and I am way behind. But, everyday, I jot down notes from the class hand out, and I have lots of ideas for pages to fill my book. I'm hoping to create a lot of pages this week. The altered book is starting to take shape as one containing memories and insights I've learned from travel. Some pages relate to specific trips. Some to general concepts. I'm really enjoying the project and am so glad that I joined in!

11 comments:

Bernice Hopper said...

I'm glad you joined in too. I love seeing your take on it.

Chipper Newman said...

It sounds like you have a fascinating and varied career! I love the layers on your page.

Jennie said...

I love this page Rinda, not only is a really interesting but really visually pleasing tto - and I am so glad I am not the only one who is really behind on making my pages. I read and download the prompts - and have found myself thinking about them a lot - but am going to have to back to the prompts to make my pages! Thank you for putting the workshop on your blog - I wouldn't have found it otherwise. J x

Miriam said...

This book of yours is going to be wonderful. Each page is so interesting Rinda and of course it looks fabulous.

Amy said...

I am fascinated to hear snippets of your work life Rinda - Detroit has been in the news a lot recently and our, considerably smaller, car industry is also facing many problems.
I really like that this particular book has so such variety within it - from a creative and storytelling perspective.

Karen said...

This is such an interesting spread! I love the quote. Just recently there was an interesting article in the Sunday New York Times about the difference between a traveler and a tourist. This quote pretty much sums it up!

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

Great looking page!

Joan said...

Everyone should be thinking about Detroit, so thanks for adding in this impressive way. Detroit led the way, good and bad, in the 20th Century (music, money, cars, the Great Migration, labor, riots.) Now literally bankrupt, Detroit has a whole influx of techie and hipster types, many from the Bay Area, attracted to, for example, being able to buy a house for $100. In some ways, Detroit is more like SF's image of itself than SF. As we say around here, 80 miles from Detroit, we're all Detroiters.

Missus Wookie said...

I really like that you've been able to explore your business/professional travel and experiences. So often we leave those aspects of our lives out of the stories we tell.

betsy said...

I love want you've done to depict the history of Detroit. You found some wonderful images!!

Gail said...

It's a wonderful page about Detroit and the automobile industry. Our town is the Canadian headquarters for Ford so we feel any issue that Detroit has.