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Coffee Stains, 2009
Accordion fold book. 22 pages, digitally printed on both sides of archival paper made from coffee residue. 8 x 5 inches,
110 inches unfolded. Number 1 of an edition of 10, $250
“Coffee Stains” is a book extolling the “health benefits” of coffee drinking in drawings made with coffee washes. Mistakenly dipping a brush in her ever-present cup, Martha Hayden found that coffee washes are rich and beautiful. She began to make them on purpose, experimenting with different strengths, with or without milk.
The book has 22 accordion folded sheets, 8 x 5, digitally printed on both sides (44 pages), augmented by washes of coffee. The book is formed of acid free cover weight stock, manufactured from 100% post-consumer paper and coffee content. Coffee skins from the mountains of El Salvador are used to color the paper. Agricultural by-products and post consumer paper create solid waste problems. Costa Rica Natural Paper donates a percentage of paper sales to support a scholarship fund to study sustainable development.
The cover is Lokta paper made in mountainous villages in Nepal. Lotka bushes regenerate from the same root system after being harvested. The paper is tree-free, acid free, environmentally sound and benefits villages in remote areas of the Himalayas.
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