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Fibre Libre is an artist’s book that tells the story of a group of people, learning about free software while learning to make paper. The story is told in two ways, with the paper forming one narrative and a series of images forming the second. Combining the traditional processes of hand papermaking, letterpress printing and bookbinding, with the contemporary processes of coding, digital image-making and desktop publishing, the book serves as an invitation to learn. Behind the paper sheets (object) are printed instructions (source) for how it was made. Behind the images (object) are printed codes (source) from which they were generated. In this way, Fibre Libre serves as an exploration of free software and how its architecture can be enacted and understood through the book form.

Fibre Libre is the first manifestation of the Open Edition project. Founded by Flatbed Splendor in 2009, Open Edition advocates for the understanding and use of free software, particularly in the book arts community, by supporting relevant practice, scholarship and pedagogy. All proceeds from the sale of Fibre Libre will be devoted to the Open Edition project.

Copyleft 2010
Flatbed Splendor

Fibre Libre - Artist's Book


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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: letterpress, handmade paper, tee shirts, cotton, ink, paper, book board, japanese paper, kozo, mulberry
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Feedback: 2 reviews
  • Favorited by: 33 people

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