Sharon A. Sharp. Something Done by Quiet Being.
(Boone. NC: Sharon A. Sharp. 2009). Sam Fleming Southern Civilization Collection.
Vanderbilt University Special Collections
After 20 years as an editor, a 2002 letterpress class at Penland School of Crafts began a new career for Boone, North Carolina resident Sharp, one that combined her love for literature, printing and paper. Something Done by Quiet Being is a one-of-a-kind artist’s book as an unusual variation on a fan book structure, using a single metal ring in one corner to “bind” the 24 “leaves” which are made of folded papers held in individual glassine envelopes. English words in both Roman characters and Morse code are attached to the papers to form the text. One word is visible through either side of each envelope; read successively, they form a passage from Laozi's Dao de jing (i.e. Lao-tzu's Tao te ching), as translated by Raymond Bernard Blakney and published in 1955. The fan structure allows readers to break from the author’s narrative and reorder the text in new ways.