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“The free bird thinks of another breeze…”

“The free bird thinks of another breeze
and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees”

Maya Angelou

This book, Little Folks Treasure Book, was in the skip. With no use for it’s contents I took the backboard, which was covered in book cloth and cut out words to reveal the pulp board underneath. The intricacy of the printed design provides an interesting backdrop to the prose, which was taken from the poem Caged Bird by Maya Angelou.

I am fascinated by the way you can remove layers from book covers to reveal different surfaces. I used this as a test to see if my cutting machine was capable of cutting type part way through a surface. It proved itself well, though there is no room for error and I will continue to cut by hand as well.

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