Once in a while, I rescue books from my local library for a small fee. Their spines may be broken, their pages grimy from years and years of handling, but I see beyond all that. This is a detail of a collage on the inside of a book cover: It already had a background of years of library use, so the work was already started for me. A fragment of a photograph was in a little packet of gifts from Karen of Recycled Rita, and a scrap of antique kimono silk from my friend Joyce in Dublin. The composition took a while, but so it should because that's the most important part!