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Fibre Libre

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Fibre Libre

Open Source Papermaking

July 25-26, 2009

 

 

The first Open Edition event took place on the weekend of July 25-26, 2009, at Asheville Bookworks. Participants were invited to join Flatbed Splendor for Fibre Libre, an Open Source Papermaking workshop, in which a collaborative edition of paper was created by the group. This workshop was made possible by Interlude Editions and their Artist in Residence Program. See the BookWorks press release for more information.

 

Participants were invited to send pieces of 100% cotton clothing to BookWorks by July 20th. Before the weekend event, the clothing was cut down, soaked and beaten into several batches of fibrous pulp: Fibre Libre. These batches of Fibre Libre became "source code" for the Open Source Paper.

 

The workshop will began on the morning of Saturday, July 25th, with a demonstration of the papermaking process. After the demonstration, we practiced pulling sheets together. Soon after, we began pulling Version 1.0 of our Open Source Paper, with an agreed upon starter formula of Fibre Libre. As the workshop progressed, participants altered the code by changing the Fibre Libre formula and creating their own versions of Open Source Paper. The resulting edition of paper is variable, dependent entirely on the choices made by participants. A detailed formula was documented for each version of Open Source Paper that emerged from the event. The formulas will soon be posted on this wiki, making it possible for participants and others to use, study, redistribute and modify the Fibre Libre as they see fit.

 

In the meantime, you can ownload a PDF portfolio of images from the workshop, which were presented as a slide show on Thursday, July 30th, at Asheville BookWorks.

 

The Fibre Libre created during the workshop will soon become substrate for Version 1.0: Starter, an Open Edition artist's book, to be completed in the spring of 2010. All participants in the Fibre Libre workshop will be given a copy of Version 1.0: Starter, both as gesture of thanks and in observance of the ethics of Free Cultural Works

 

For more information regarding Open Edition, including future events and opportunities to participate, please visit the FrontPage.

 

Thank you for your interest and your participation!

 

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