Sunday, 16 September 2012

Spoiler Alert

 It has been an age since I posted off my little 
BookArtObject parcels
to their different destinations around the globe,
I have not heard from all the recipients,
so, if you are still awaiting your little parcel,
For everyone else,
here is what was inside my
editions (entitled LOST) of:  "The Missing Typewriter Key".

The accompanying explanatory colophon reads as follows:

by Robyn Foster
(inspired by The Missing Typewriter Key, #69 of 100 stories in An Exercise for Kurt Johannessen (2010),  used by permission of the author, Sarah Bodman)

 an edition of 12

BookArtObject 2012 Edition 4 – Group 3

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.
BookArtObject 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 books  is my reaction to #69 of Sarah Bodman’s 100 stories:  
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.


  1. This looks amazing. I want to unwrap it and explore it

  2. It looks wonderful Robyn - another one of those occasions when I wish we could all get copies of everybody's! Such beauty and harmony and a lovely tale to tell as well...

  3. The books look fantastic Robyn - I can't wait to see one close up.

  4. This book is FANTASTIC! I am so lucky to have one close up.Thanks Rob.

  5. Aw shucks. Thanks for all the FANTASTIC comments :)

  6. Robyn, you did a terrific job of embodying your "theme" and the book looks wonderful, bravo!!