I collect the date due pockets from withdrawn library books because they are the record of the book’s life. Each stamp represents a person finding the book, choosing it, checking it out, taking it home, reading it and bringing the book back to the library for the next person. It is the book’s history and although the books are no longer deemed useful, as originally intended, these date due pockets continue to honor the book’s life and worth. The original stamped top has been removed from the actual pocket and machine stitched together to form a patchwork of library history. On the cover of each book is one pocket with a handwritten note regarding damage to the book – these notes are made so that the next person to check out the book is not charged. These notes serve as the subtitles to each book. In a library the KEEP stamp is the antithesis of the WITHDRAWN stamp. This particular library got rid of their KEEP stamp. I am using it as the title of a current series I am working on.
|Place of Publication||Santa Cruz, CA|
|Book Structure/ Binding Method||Japanese side-sewn structure|
|Medium/ Materials||Stamped date due pockets from withdrawn library books, mull, thread|
|Number of Pages||7 pages|
|Dimensions (WxH) or (WxHxD)||9 x 6 x 0.25 inches.|
|Edition Size||8 in series, all of same size and format, each unique|
|Signed and Numbered?||Signed by the artist|