Focus on usage
Folds, creases. Partial enclosure of text which obliterates or disorientates meaning
Dampness that encourages insect activity. Layers of eating through pages modifying text, making marks, altering maps.
Reworking page structure
Sawing with a blunt tenon saw pulls the fibres of the book . With older books made from rag paper the fibrous nature of the material emerges; thus the book, still bound, develops an
extra tactile dimension.
Disassembling the spines of old books sometimes reveals a contrasting structure of palimpsest of materials in varying stages of decay which in themselves are interesting. The difficulty is in preserving and presenting this contrast without damaging the remains. It becomes conservation as well as art practice.
Using the materials
Sawn pages revealing the texture of paper and glances of text showing at the edges of the pages. These edge texts often reveal interesting hidden textual messages. By re- arranging the pages another story emerges.
Books affected by damp to the extent that the pages fuse together are treated as one would a bill board poster. The pages are carefully separated until a 'Merz" effect is achieved.