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Rachel Blau DuPlessis’s 2008 and 2009 Tapa Notebook — page 16
[ Text: finished / did 2 (plus) collages in the past days / one, based on a ripped, thinned-out / hanky on a mirror in a gold frame, / is surrounded by PLU numbers for / fruit, the little stickers adorn the / hanky / / The other, based on a very old frame / found in ‘scrap’ — the recycle shop [in Durham , North Carolina] — / has lots of random, often blue, or bar / code materials all around with 3 / butterflies — no — moths — it is / geometric and messy at one and the / same time. / / One collage is feminine, one is masculine / which is pretty funny/binary. / 4 Jan 09 ]
[ RBD gloss: making collage works and collage poems became an increasing part of my practice. Here the mirror collage is work that I have kept; the other was terrible and is now destroyed. (Part of my artistic practice between 2006 and 2008, and it continues today.) ]
These are scans of pages of a Tapa Notebook, filled out by American poet Rachel Blau DuPlessis for the University of Auckland Library. It ponders Rachel’s experiences writing in 2008 and 2009. For more of this backstory, see here. The word ‘tapa’ refers to the kind of dyed patterned cloth (made from the paper mulberry tree) shown left, and on the front cover of the notebook, an honorable practice popular in Polynesia. (See Wikipedia) Most spreads of this notebook have a blank verso (left hand page), except for 7L and 7R. Blank verso pages are not shown; usually only the recto (right hand) page is shown.