It seems as though everywhere I go these days I see or hear about altered art. Altered art is a crafting craze and art trend just perfect for our times. Altered art is a craft that is recession proof because it's easy on the budget, and helps the environment by recycling cast away items. Other terms one hears when discussing altered art include found art or recycled art. New life is breathed into ordinary, old, everyday items. The concept of altered art itself, however, is not anything new. Creating art from everyday items has been done since the middle ages.
Altered art takes many shapes and forms, however, all altered art includes one main theme, and that is the alteration of objects. By altering everyday objects, one may create a new piece of art or functional item. As an example, one may take an ordinary object, such as a book, deconstruct it, and adorn it with multiple found or recycled objects, creating a new altered art book. One may also be instantly reminded of a popular type of altered art, the shadow box, full of collected objects assembled together in a unique way.