Rust Book with Found Metal Clasp

2009 April 1

Originally posted on, 2004.

This book is made almost entirely of recycled and found materials. I was prompted to make it when I found some interesting paper samples in my dumpster. The paper appears to be some type of phenolic paper which was treated with a chemical to make it look like rusted metal. I serendipitously found a piece of metal strapping in the gutter which was bent and rusted, which seemed perfect to use to make a clasp for a book covered with the rust paper sample. Paper used for the book block is leftover from another use. The spine cover is suede from a thrift store garment. Brass rivets hold the metal strap to the poplar book boards. The textblock was sewn with linen thread on 6 needles using a Coptic style link stitch.

Rust Book, made from found and recycled materials

Rust Book, made from found and recycled materials

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