In 2010, inspired by Kurt Johannessen’s Exercises (1994), British book artist Sarah Bodman wrote 100
stories (An Exercise for Kurt Johannessen). Sarah buried these stories in a
forest somewhere in northern Denmark, never to be read.
With Sarah’s permission, the titles
of these stories have provided the
starting point for BookArtObject Edition 4, 2012.
is an annual online project in which book artists from around the globe form
groups (numbering on average 8 per group for 2012), each artist makes an
edition of books from a chosen topic and sends a copy of the completed book to
each artist in their group, and a copy to Sarah Bodman via Sara Bowen (organizer and instigator
of the project) for inclusion in possible exhibition opportunities.
This edition of 12 handmade booksis my reaction to #69 of Sarah Bodman’s 100
The Missing Typewriter Key.
The edition consists of 12
paper and card pocketed concertina fold books, each with 8 removable tags, tabs,
red string and end papers/covers made from specially printed postcards. Each book is housed in a slip box constructed
from black Canson card. Cut circles, representing missing typewriter keys,
appear throughout the books as do images relative to the theme of being missing
or lost, without the probability of recovery.I have focused my attention on a bygone era, a time that is lost to us, in which typewriters would have been prevalent
(BC: before computers). Shellac has been used to give the impression of patina
and age on the removable tags. Text used is typed predominantly in American
Typewriter or stencilled.