About this piece:
This book started with a slow collection of due date cards from withdrawn library books after witnessing the emotional reaction from patrons towards weeded books regardless of their condition. The cards where then used for a color study of madder root dye to give them a second life. Reflecting on the repetitive process of book binding, fiber art, and library work, the word withdrawn has been machine embroidered on each of the due date cards mimicking the function of the withdrawn library stamp. Matching the color of the madder root dye, and subject matter, a discarded library book has been repurposed for the cover’s book cloth – ‘The Romance of the Patchwork Quilt in America,’ 1935. While these books may no longer exist in the library’s collection, their memory and evidence of use continues in this small book.
paper, repurposed book cloth, dye, thread
About the artist:
Elliot McNally is currently the special collections librarian at Savannah College of Art and Design’s Atlanta campus. Previously in the library world, she was a project archivist working on projects across the country from Pittsburgh, PA to Ogden, Utah to Buffalo, NY. With a background in fiber art she spends most of her time quilting, spinning, knitting, weaving, dyeing, and book binding.
Special Collections Librarian