Letterpress, textile collage, foil stamping
9.5″ x 3.5″ x 1.75″
Fairmont Color Card is an exploration of the roles that textile, color, and fashion have played in the origin story of landfill culture. Fairmont Color Card employs brochure structures and production techniques historically used for color cards and sample books, including thread winding, foil blocking, and die cutting. Text for the project was culled from 20th century color cards and combined with excerpts from The Waste Makers, written by Vance Packard in 1960. Research was conducted at Yale University Birren Collection of Books on Color in 2019. Materials, including clothing, bedding, and paper offcuts, were sourced from my domestic space. Fairmont Color Card seeks to challenge the meaning of sample books and place them in a context of planned obsolescence. Produced in an edition of twenty copies, the fabric collages included in this project are all identical save for one, the card titled “the significance of these private worlds,” which is unique to each copy.
– Sarah Bryant, Tuscaloosa, AL