The individual units that make up ‘Unknown Book’ are a series of small Coptic bound books. The structure that encases the books is made up of 106 units in a grid. Some of these are filled with one book structure, whilst others contain a number of separate sections. There are therefore around 250 individual items that make up this collection.

The book structures are made of a mixture of good quality printmaking paper and re-purposed paper from publications discarded by the library. Edges are torn and uneven.

The books made of new white paper have been marked, dyed, stained, printed, wrapped, scrunched, rubbed, scuffed, distorted and dipped. The structures made of re-purposed books, magazines and papers have been bound, scrunched, curled, wrapped, sliced, deconstructed, reconfigured, cracked, folded and formed.

Together these make up a collection of experiments with material, form and process. They contain a record of my thinking and making around the subject of a collection of books; about scale and accessibility; about classification and collections; about the physical properties of paper and the changes it might go through.

9 thoughts on “Construction

  1. I find this body of work fascinating, there is something very poignant about books, so old and battered that they are beyond reading. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and processes.

  2. I love how you are dyeing, staining and marking the papers. I imagine your head is full of “what ifs” ! Mine is, just reading your description. Thanks for posting this process.

  3. Thank you for sharing your evolving project with us. You certainly inspire me with your process. I have heard you mention “dipping” several times in your descriptions of your work. I wonder if you would be able sometime to describe exactly what that is and how you do it?

    • Hi Nancy. ‘Dipping’ means I am putting my books into some sort of liquid which will stain the paper or the edges of the paper – this may be tea, coffee, home-made ink (oak gall and iron or walnut), or some other natural dye.

  4. What they all said, adding my own thanks! Love all aspects of this project, and your generous sharing of process. Keep up the wonderful work!

  5. so interesting reading your thoughts & the words that describe your methods… scrunched, reconfigured & dipped. Thank you for sharing…especially when one works 5 days a week and on the other side of the world, it’s so good to read what events, such as this project, are happening. One’s eyes are opened to other’s creative world.

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