Charles Wisseman, Mixed Media Artist



Next entry in the cubic foot of art project-- Book grain. I saw a copy of “The American Woods”( by Hough around 1900) recently in the rare book library on campus. This has 978 American hardwoods in actual sections, thin enough to shine light through to show the grain. If wood and papers have grain, then books could have grain, too, or other distinctive physical properties. I embedded a discarded paperback in epoxy, then cut it spine-fore edge at 90, 45, 27 degrees, and top to bottom at 90 degrees. Two pages were laminated together with epoxy. Several pages were laminated with epoxy after crumpling or hammering, then sanded to give a distressed layered effect (like the Japanese mokume-gane layered metal technique). Some sections transilluminate nicely or show layering of writing from different pages. Lots of old books are being dumped—maybe their physical properties could be exploited to engineer new materials and structures.
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