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Re: [BKARTS] recycled and sustainable artists' bookworks

Actually, a large amount of my work has been in recyclable, organic or small-footprint art. It's partly because so much of my research and practice has been in European Medieval techniques, partly because when I started out I was so darned broke.

Here are a few of the applications I've pursued in the book arts:

- inks out of tea-bags, colors out of flowers and vegetables and earths;

- quills for writing;

- binders from eggs, gelatins, etc;

- and, notably, skins for writing surfaces.

As concerns this last, I once thought of a program to "recycle" rat skins for book pages, thereby helping out our inner-city neighborhoods. I don't remember any gov. grants....

Paul T Werner, New York

WOID: A journal of visual language
THE ORANGE PRESS, publishing "Vellum Preparation: History and Technique"
DRAGONSBLOOD AND ASHES, a project to research and practice the techniques of the medieval scribe

----- Original Message -----
From: Paul Bettinson <paul.bettinson@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tuesday, October 26, 2004 3:06 pm
Subject: recycled and sustainable artists' bookworks

> Hi,
> I am researching the development and uses of recycled and sustainable
> materials and will put this research to examine the impact that these
> materials have had on design of artists' bookworks.
> I do appreciate that most types of paper can be recycled and can be
> from a sustainable source, however, I would like to consider artists'
> bookworks - where the form/concept of the bookwork has taken these
> themes constructively.
> Can anyone suggest websites and/or artists with regard to these
> themes?
> Of course, any help is greatly appreciated!
> Thank you for your time,
> regards,
> Paul Bettinson
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