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 The Lexicon 97 Freeform Book


configured by forkergirl
for the Lexicon 97 Mining Division of The Mid-Hudson Taffy Company:
a bifurcation of Limited Fork Theory's investment in a collaborative nature of all things.


The Lexicon 97 Freeform Book is a 34-t-shirt-page collection of philosophical, poetic, pseudo-philosophical, and pseudo-poetic writing whose entire physical lexicon comes from words mined from 97 t-shirts
discarded in Washtenaw County


Words mined (cut) from the 97 t-shirts were sorted into parts of speech, then rearranged to reveal the philosophy and poetry embedded in the lexicon.  Reconfigured lexical possibilities were affixed to the fronts and back of 17 blank t-shirt pages for a total of 34 wearable fabric pages in the freeform t-shirt book.  An idea of transport in meant to be incorporated in the flexible framing system —or flexible binding— of the book; each page can be removed from the nonlinear spine which is the curved arm of a spiral clothesrack.  The pages may be tried on, worn, experienced, exchanged, and returned to the nonlinear spine in any order.  

Each t-shirt page features an idea that is expressed as an apparently complete sentence on the front, only to be extended by the conjunction that appears on the back of the shirt, making it possible to go from that conjunction to, as a next page, any other t-shirt page.  To read this freeform book is to seek what may be connected by conjunction wherever that page is.  Persons wearing the pages could arrange and rearrange themselves for a variety of readings.  There could be a seeking of other pages as a way that perhaps could prove itself as valid as any other in seeking a partner.  The t-shirt pages invite continuation, invite connection.  A variety of games could be emerge in efforts to write different stories through finding others wearing t-shirt pages —I plan on making more freeform t-shirt books, and if there is sufficient interest will offer them to those interested at very reasonable prices (considering how much has gone into the existence of these shirts, from ancient cotton cultivation to evolution of synthetic textiles, and the actual sewing that takes the same shirt across oceans, sometimes more than once, before that shirt is a finished garment).

Although two black t-shirt pages work well as obvious front and back covers of the freeform book, these shirts also have conjunctions on the back so function as interchangeably as the others.  Connecting to continue the story is more important than maintaing a particular order.  Something might appear to be over; the definitive comment, the winning gesture might appear to have been made, but turn over that gesture:  and something further may be added; with but, another path emerges until conditions change or—  

The words are attached to t-shirt pages in a manner reminiscent of expectations for ransom notes whose words are cut from multiple magazine and newspaper sources, emphasizing anonymity, and complicating the ability of a trial to easily lead to the one holding hostage(s) just as the words were holding possibilities for expression hostage.  


 

LAST CHANCE FOR A PONY ONLY AT THE FUNERAL OF HEARTS: front

AMPERSAND [&]: back

freeform book front cover

 
 
 

THE END OF ONCE UPON A TIME
THE BLOOD OF EDEN
: front

UNTIL: back

freeform book back cover

 



SEE THE DYNAMIC GRAM OF HAIRCUT DENY THE BALD MILLENNIUM HURRICANE: front

AMPERSAND [&]: back

freeform book page



 
 

FIG AIR IS MAKING THE HOUSE SUPPORT THE STORMING IMPACT OF WORLD UNIFICATION: front

OR: back

freeform book page




 
 

TOMORROW
7 MILLION IDEOLOGICAL EGGS WILL DO MUCH TO STAY POSSIBLE
: front

AND: back

freeform book page

 
 

freeform book page

EXPLANATIONS OF NEWTON'S DIVE SCIENCE IMPROVE WITH LITTLE ALTO VOICES & 100 YEARS OF ABSOLUTE HAM: front

AMPERSAND [&]: back





 
 

OUR NUTMEG SHOULD TOUCH AND RESCUE THE ONE JUGGLING DIRT AS IF IT'S THE ONLY EYES THAT CAN FLAVOR PERSPECTIVE: front

AND: back

freeform book page

 
 
 

I RECOGNIZE FRESH PARAGRAPH FURNITURE OVER HIGH AND HIGHER VINES 
THAT ARE ANOTHER EXTENSION OF WINSTON, COTTON, NATALIE, AND HELL WHEREVER EYES RETHINK RISK OF OFFICIAL EXPERIENCE AND OPEN THERAPY
IN DIRT TO DYNAMIC GOLDEN SCRIBBLE
: front   AND: back freeform book page




UNFORTUNATELY
RARE SILKWORM WINE SOLUTIONS CANNOT SUB FOR SECRET FIRE: front

HOWEVER: back

freeform book page

 
 
 

THE STELLAR GAP COULD PROBABLY SUCCEED IN HIDING VOLUME
BUT IT'S BETTER TO CONSOLE THE CITY WITH EINSTEIN
: front

AND: back

freeform book page




 
 

THE SWEET EYES LEAGUE MAY COLLECT ARIZONA ENIGMA PHOTOGRAPHY AND WORLD BED SYSTEMS: front    OR: back

freeform book page

 
 

WE MUST WRESTLE WITH THE ELECTRON STREAM THAT'S MAKING MOST HUMAN VOYAGERS PRAY FOR CANDY: front   OR: back

freeform book page       





 


freeform book page

VIDEO CHURCH DICTATORS PRETEND NOT TO WATCH A VAMPIRE'S KITCHEN TSUNAMI PHOTOGRAPHED IN THE ORDINARY VALLEY WITH A SCANNING ELECTRON MICROSCOPE: front    

THEREFORE: back

 




 
 

IDENTICAL WHITE VIOLINS PARACHUTE THROUGH INVINCIBLE CANOPIES TO OPEN
A PLACE FOR FAITH IN ELLIPTICAL WIND
: front

OR: back

freeform book page

 
 

SOME ADVERSE WISHES WRAPPED IN LIGHT COMPETE WITH ONLY THEMSELVES AND VENT VORTEX DANCES: front

BUT: back

freeform book page

 






174 words of the total words mined from 97 T-shirts discarded in Washtenaw County were used on the freeform book pages or an average of 1.79 words cut per shirt.


Total number of words cut?  Has not been calculated; is still possible to determine.

Total number of words on the 97 T-shirts before lexical mining distressed the shirts? Has not been calculated; is still possible to determine.

 












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