84 Hours, 2007
4.5cm x 10cm x 450cm unravelled, reclaimed paper, linen tape, linen thread
Sarah Brown is an artist and educator based in the UK. Her fascination with the traditional craft of bookbinding inspired an ongoing body of work aimed at raising awareness and profile of the craft. The artist engages with her materials like papers, threads, tapes, cloths and leathers by enforcing repetitive techniques such as embroidery, paper folding, cutting and traditional bookbinding.
Detail of 84 Hours, 2007
84 Hours reflects the working life of William Wood, a bookbinder who died in Newgate Prison in 1788, having served half of a two year sentence. He had been imprisoned for putting pressure on his master to reduce the working week by one hour; from 84 hours to 83 hours. A single book was bound from 6am until 8pm for 6 days, recreating William's working week. Sarah's work brings awareness to people across the globe still forced to endure these extreme working hours throughout their working lives.
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Sarah Brown's Attic Studio is located at 1129 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8ND, UK; Tel: (44) 079 0568 5560. For more information, visit Sarah Brown.