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Monographica 2: Typographica Folk Art

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Editor: Alan Fletcher
Publisher: Tullis Russell
Publication: 2006, First Edition
Binding: Softcover, perfect-bound
Pages: 30
Size: 148 x 210
Text: English
Design: Alan Fletcher

Monographica is published quarterly by papermakers Tullis Russell, printed on Mellotex by Gavin Martin, and put together by Alan Fletcher.

'Typographic Folk Art:  The letters used in these compositions were retrieved from abandoned market cartons, graphic ephemera and other printed rubbish. Cleating poorly printed materials, with disparate and unrelated letter forms, into cohesive graphic arrangements, is no easy task. 

You have to find the letter. Say the curly C of the Coca-Cola. Retrieve the carton, discreetly cut out the letter, get rid of the carton, soak the piece of card in water (third world cartons use boiled bones glue, which makes it difficult to separate paper from card), peel off the printed sheet, lay it out to dry. Assembled into a new context, the letters can now spell out different statements or messages. Or indulge in word play.

I think of them as font refugees from the civic garbage disposal unit. I used to throw away the offcuts, but now I keep them to construct collages of bits and pieces. These are randomly stuck down and assembled with no objective in mind. They neither say nor mean anything at all. See detail opposite.

They represent an obverse attitude.'

Alan Fletcher, London 2006

Condition: Very Good. All titles are used and show shelf ware consistent with age. Light rubbing to cover.

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