SecondStringPress

Books and Zines by Matthew Kay

Streatham, United Kingdom

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Announcement    Printed collections of poetic piecharts and other non-mathematical, unscientific, allusive and ambiguous diagrams by Matthew Kay. Also the occasional original collages and hardbound artist's books. Plus some terrific plant ornaments and badges!
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Follow @diagram_poems and @the.real.matthew.kay on Instagram for offers and updates.

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Last updated on Jul 13, 2021

Printed collections of poetic piecharts and other non-mathematical, unscientific, allusive and ambiguous diagrams by Matthew Kay. Also the occasional original collages and hardbound artist's books. Plus some terrific plant ornaments and badges!
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Follow @diagram_poems and @the.real.matthew.kay on Instagram for offers and updates.

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Second String Press

Second String Press is a small, independent publisher, producing chapbooks and zines of collage and poetry as well as handmade badges and occasional prints. It is an extension of my own practice of making handbound artist books and reproductions of collected diagram poems.

What's a diagram poem? Poetic piecharts and other non-mathematical, unscientific, allusive and ambiguous diagrams annotated with words and phrases cut from old books. Often these are also collaged on paper from the same old books: the end pages, blank pages between chapters and the discoloured hardback covers.

Projects in the pipeline include a collage zine, editions of artist's publications and a compendium of the best informal poetry to be found on social media.

You can see more of my work at: http://matthewjameskay.com
And follow me on instagram: @diagram_poems and @the.real.matthew.kay for exclusive offers.

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  • Matthew Kay

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    Artist, Dad, Art Teacher from South London, UK. I make diagram poems, abstract collage and sculptures as well as publishing my own poetry and collage chapbooks as Second String Press. Enquiries/commissions/wholesale email: mtthwjmsky@gmail.com

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Last updated on October 6, 2020
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But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
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  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
  • Items on sale
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Unless an artwork is damaged in transit I am unable to offer refunds.
From time to time I make original artworks available through this shop, which are often created using found, damaged materials. If you are unhappy with the condition in which your artwork arrived please feel free to send me photographs to ascertain whether or not it was original to the piece or due to mis-handling by "the system."
I try to photograph my work as accurately as possible so that any imperfections - of which there are many due to the nature of my work - are clearly visible.
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I accept payment by credit/debit card and paypal.
As a self-employed, sole trader, you can rest assured that I make all the necessary tax contributions to the HMRC via self assessment every April.
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I aim to dispatch all orders within 2 working days of an order being placed.
Additional policies and FAQs
The majority of my original work (excluding printed reproductions or most books) is assembled from found, readymade, vintage and often damaged objects and materials. While this wear is apparent in the finished artwork, it is always produced to the highest standard and is structurally sound.