Utilising a photocopier, binding machine, rubber-stamp, and various pre-printed components, Made to Stray was constructed in situ during the 2015 Graduate Show at the University of South Wales. All 500 books in the edition were assembled between 27th May and 5th June.
Instead of hiding the construction of the book from public view, Made to Stray instead celebrated each book’s unique fabrication by presenting four distinct production areas; printing, collation, binding and distribution. The removal of standardised pagination from the overall design allowed for the book to be ordered in a multitude of ways at the request of each purchaser. As a result, each copy to leave the production line was individually numbered between 1 and 500.
The emerging artists featured in this publication also commissioned a beautiful and thoughtful story by Rebecca Parker, who devised the piece in response to an introductory Skype meeting with the group.