After my last post, a few people asked what a fat book is. I'm sorry if you were confused. I can't say I'm really sure, since this is the first I've participated in, but...
Someone coordinates the project, usually picking a theme and size and setting other requirements. Artists sign up or are invited to participate. Everyone makes a "page" for the book and the assigned number of copies. In my case, we made 35 copies. These are color copies which I then embellished with fabric, feathers and brads. Each artists sends her pages to the coordinator who then binds the pages from all the different artists together in a "fat book." It's fat because of all the arty embellishments and stuff hanging off the pages. The books are then sent back to all the participants and everyone has an inspiring, creative, book of original art.
When I lived in Maine I got to hang out with the wonderfully creative Deb Silva a few times. She works for Artella (an amazing publication and community of learning and support for artists) and is the sister of our own Artful Quilters Webringer, Judy Coates Perez. Deb has done tons of fat books and I saw a few of hers. The altered art and collage community thrives on collaborative projects and other kinds of swaps. It really is an interesting way to share and connect with other artists.
I'm predicting more and more crossover for quilters into mixed media. (Should I run and hide for even speaking such blasphemy?)
I'll post some pictures of the completed book after the retreat.