“Rags to Riches” is a tri-hexaflexagon, invented in 1939 by Arthur Stone. Manipulating this flexagon reveals a 19th century English proverb (begin at the golden pointer) and provides an opportunity to consider the flow of cash. Designed and letterpress printed with photopolymer plates by Jessica Spring in 2012. Paper was handmade by Helen Hiebert from recycled linen rags and shredded currency.
The text cycles to reveal three panels that read:
Rags make Paper. Paper makes money.
Money makes banks. Banks make loans.
Loans makes beggars. Beggars make rags.
Jessica Spring is the proprietor of Springtide Press in Tacoma. She designs, prints and binds artist books, broadsides and ephemera incorporating handmade paper and letterpress printing. Small finely-craft editions consider historical topics and popular culture from a unique perspective and collaborative work is an important aspect of the Press. Spring has an MFA from Columbia College Center for Book & Paper Arts and teaches at Pacific Lutheran University.