Karen Jones – Before(s)

© 2017
edition of 1
dimensions in inches: 6.6 x 4.2 x .75

about this piece

About this piece:

Before treating an object, I pay attention to all the evidence attached to it: its history; how it was used and how it may be used; how it functions; what materials were used to fabricate it; what damaged has it suffered, whether through abuse or inherent vise. I also document the object with digital images; before and after treatment. This construction is a homage to the “before(s). It is made of damaged book boards (late 18th through early 20th c) and discarded endbands. I pasted digital “before” images (printed on Japanese tissue) on some of the boards. The spine is fair (undyed) goat.
It is put together using the “Mongolian Stiff Leaf” structure, a rudimentary technique, resurrected and refined by Hedi Kyle.


salvaged book boards, thread, paper, leather

About the artist:

Karen has been a book and paper conservator in private practice in Denver for 30+ years. A professional associate member of the American Institute for Conservation since 1990, she is also employed at Jefferson County Public Library. A long-time member of the Guild of Book Workers, she currently serves as co-chair of the Rocky Mountain Chapter.

As a book and paper/collections conservator, I care for collections held by the library.

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Karen Jones – Before(s)