Janis Melville, “Vestige”
Artist: Janis Melville (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia)
Medium/technique(s): Folded sculptural book
Dimensions: H 26 x W 10 x D 16 cm
Vestige: “a trace or remnant of something that is disappearing” (Oxford Dictionary). My book has been created from a vintage hand block printed 1880 Japanese Ledger. These old ledgers tell of time gone by before hand block printing was replaced by moveable type. The Japanese paper known as Washi was made by farmers and now is a craft in decline in Japan. The ledger itself was in somewhat disrepair with a number of loose pages.
From this I folded pages at random and from the loose pages hand cut paper strips. Some I painted with wax others stamped with a Japanese Stamp. These strips act as book marks to the pages.The book is left open to view the ancient art within. This is about a statement to do with the loss of the printed word. Just as the old ledgers in Japan have been replaced so to today we are seeing the disappearance of the printed book from book stores as technology once again moves forward.
But at what cost.