The production process probably started with collages and photographs of the letters and the images of the author. The letters have hi-liter and other marks. The photographs were black and white but had hand coloring added. The collages were xeroxed on a color copier, then placed back to back, laminated, and trimmed with the pinking shears. The edges are pointed, the pages irregular, and the resulting overall look is slightly deranged, deliberated so, to keep the work's design consistent with its themes and moods.
typographic: Aside from the two copied letters, which were produced by the "man" in the story on a typewriter, the only other writing is on labels and is in the hand of the author.
imagery: Photographic images of the author, originally black and white, hand colored, and with an edge of sado-masochism.
graphical: Irratic and irregular design using photographs and collage elements.
openings: The book flops around and the openings feel incidental rather than elaborately planned..
turnings: Without any particular effect except in the unfolding of the story/commentary.
development: The tale, such as it is, unfolds and reaches its end.
sequence: Little use of sequence occurs in this book.
textual: Minimal text, none by the author.
structure: The design of the book is almost un-structured.
This is not the most developed of Frances Butler's books, and it is most interesting as an unusually personal work by this consummately skilled designer and artist. It feels deliberately tossed-off and has all the marks of a work created in an emotional state. The "psychogenic misfeasance" of the title reveals all, and the imagery and production values reinforce the sense of a work created in a mood of fury or frustration, but not as a sustained project. Those familiar with Butler's other work, the elaborate designs of books, fabrics, garden and other material things will find this work interesting as a note within her larger oeuvre, but it is not representative of her approach.
Occult Psychogenic Misfeasance
title note: [J.Drucker]
edition type: editioned
publisher: Poltroon Press
edition size: >Ten.
horizontal: 9.5 inches closed
vertical: 11.5 inches closed
binding: ring (AAT)
general description: The book consists of nine leaves, color xeroxed on both sides, laminated in plastic, edges cut with pinking shears, in irregular shaped flat pages held together with two large binding rings.
cover: Laminated pages of color xerox throughout.