Good morning everyone. these are a few of the books I’m recycling. A few have been worked on more that others. At this stage, they are really being prepped, or prepared for their days of adventure ahead
Some get collage, on half a page, some a full page, this is a start to revamping them into a collection of ideas, and possibilities. Each page is a new canvas. To work on the pages they have to prepared. By working this way, one gets to see how the media works on the different qualities of paper used by the book maker.
For example, glossy papers are not handled in the same way as pages from a dictionary or an older book that may have faded yellowed pages, that you want to keep, the page still needs to be prepped but you require a product that enhance and preserve the parts of the page you want to keep.
It took me awhile to begin working with recycled books, I was always taught to treasure a book. When I saw so many that were simply discarded, slowly my thinking changed. One of the books in the little grouping was an old library book with the little piece of paper in the back where it would have been stamped in and out by the library staff, and a small pocket for what used to hold the library card info.
The content pages of the book were all detached from the binding, some pages so faded and old they couldn’t be read or handled that much. When asked what would be done with the book, I was told it would be junked (garbage) It was a copy of Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Black Arrow. It had been published in London,W1 by Bancroft Classics, original sale price $1.25
Sorry friends, I bought it and came home with my prize. I’ve put aside the original text from the books, and reused the cover and spine, adding different card stocks and Kraft papers to build a new body for it. Not sure yet what I will do with the text pages, but I can use them .. and eventually I will.
When I am working on these books, I get to read the pages, and see where the book falls open to.. meaning the previous owner had looked at these pages often, and by the highlighting, they wanted to retain, and learn the lessons, this book provided them.
That quote by Thomas Paine is “Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must undergo the fatigue of supporting it.
The Sophocles quote ” One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: that word is Love”
Life is for living, sharing and enjoying. Where a discard book is recycled, it once more shares “itself” with the world.
PL Precept #1 Life is Art