Making Bread (not bombs) – by Tara Bryan (2013) 


Over two years in the making, this work is the result of the cross-pollination of two projects, Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here and Book-Art-Object 4.

Car bombs and breadmaking converged in the Fertile Crescent to bring forth a hybrid book, which was conceived, designed, printed and assembled by Tara Bryan, walking bird press, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.

On one side, breads of the world are arranged by time zones, on the other side, the numbers show by month the date, number killed and number injured for all the suicide and car bombings in Iraq in 2007. The text is laid over watercolour paintings by the artist.

A two-sided flag book, inkjet printed both sides on Red River Premium Matte double-sided paper using an Epson 4880 inkjet. The pages are laser cut and scored, and trimmed, folded and assembled by hand. The wrapper is Cave Paper, tied with linen twine. Edition 75.

See the video here.

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The pages for Making Bread (not bombs) were cut and scored on an Epilog laser cutter. The files were created in Corel Draw, then sent to the laser cutter to “print.” The book is inkjet printed on 2 sides, and the registration is very tight. I tried cutting and scoring by hand, but could not be consistent enough to keep the 5 sections square once they were folded and glued. The video shows the laser cutting and scoring the second of 3 sheets, which are then trimmed by hand on the top and bottom, and folded, collated and glued.

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