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I love to rescue obsolete library card catalog cards and turn them into pieces of art. I hope you enjoy my efforts to repurpose these historic little literary treasures that are otherwise destined for the garbage heap of history. Here's what one reviewer had to say about my cards:

“...(T)his repurposing of the dearly departed card catalog cards of the not too distant past (some of them for beloved books of our youth) is just too cool for school. It almost makes one miss the card catalog less.”

I rescue most of the cards from libraries with the help of kind-hearted librarians. It's fascinating to look through my collection and imagine what kind of art would suit each one best. One of my favorite parts of the process is researching imagery that could go on a card. Then I get busy drawing and painting, being careful not to cover over important words on a card,…

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  • Joined February 14, 2011

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Gouache, pencil, metallic pigments, library cards

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I love to rescue obsolete library card catalog cards and turn them into pieces of art. I hope you enjoy my efforts to repurpose these historic little literary treasures that are otherwise destined for the garbage heap of history. Here's what one reviewer had to say about my cards:

“...(T)his repurposing of the dearly departed card catalog cards of the not too distant past (some of them for beloved books of our youth) is just too cool for school. It almost makes one miss the card catalog less.”

I rescue most of the cards from libraries with the help of kind-hearted librarians. It's fascinating to look through my collection and imagine what kind of art would suit each one best. One of my favorite parts of the process is researching imagery that could go on a card. Then I get busy drawing and painting, being careful not to cover over important words on a card, like the book's title or the subject listing.

I've found cards that are more than 60 years old, and some that came from the 1990s — the decade that most libraries appear to have switched from card catalogs to computers. Despite their age, most of the cards are in surprisingly good condition. I guess it pays to spend your life hidden away in a dark drawer! Other cards — especially those for well-loved children's books — have a trace of grime and gentle scuffing on the top corners, just like vintage books. Seeing that reminds me of the countless little boys and girls who went searching through a card catalog for the perfect book.

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