Will Ashford's Recycled Words

Will Ashford turns pages from old books he found at garage sales, street markets and used bookstores into works of art:

When I find a good candidate I explore every page. Like an archeologist I hunt for the words that speak to me with new meaning. Intuitively, one word at a time, they turn into a kind of haiku or philosophical poetry that I can call my own.

At some unpredictable point along the way, in my mind, the images start to invent themselves. Using colored vellums, graphite and or India ink to highlight or obscure my words; I create the image of that invention. Though I strive to make each document visually engaging I find it is the words that I value most.

Not to be missed: http://web.mac.com/washford/Wills_Words/Images.html - via Bibi's Box

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I'm trying to figure out how he got rid of the words at the top, leaving only the letter "i".

I don't like the idea of defacing books, but if they're old and are already missing pages, they're not good for much else. And what would this piece be without the book page? A drawing of an umbrella and a cityscape. That's been done already, I'm sure.
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