“The free bird thinks of another breeze

and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees”

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

This is not the first time I have used a book cover in this way. I am fascinated by the way you can carefully remove layers from book cloths and papers 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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