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THINGSText: Tim Engel

The book “TAPE: An Excursion through the World of Adhesive Tapes” is a product of a young German designer. Her name is Kerstin Finger, she is 26 years old and life in Frankfurt, Germany. She studying graphic design, and will finish her studies in summer 2006.

“TAPE” is the first book about adhesive tapes, it is divide up in four chapters and an index part. First the artists and designers chapter, then the do-it-yourself chapter, after the tape illustrations chapter and last the text chapter. All chapters are marked with a different color. The TAPE book is published in English by Die Gestalten Verlag, Berlin. The book include 160 color sites, and the format is 170 x 240 mm, with a hard cover.

Adhesive tapes have recently been used more and more in design projects. “TAPE” is the first book that documents this trend and shows the variety of work being done with this material and takes readers on a ride through the world of tape design. The book presents examples in art, interiors, fashion, furniture and architecture. With this book Kerstin Fininger presents her good sense for coming up trends.

Because recently more and more contemporary artist like Nic Hess or Jim Lambie, Beat Zoderer or Thomas Hirschhorn discovered the tape for their art. Then tape hold together, hide from, tie up or shine, this already known Joseph Beuys and Dieter Roth. In former time the tape was not very popular in the art scene. But today, tape is standard in every office, like pencil or scissors.

In the artists and designers chapter, you can discover all about using duct tape in art or design, for example: Valery Koshlykov, a Russian artist, take different color tapes to rebuild famous artists’ painting or famous buildings, like Mona Lisa or the Invalidendom in Paris. She do not use a canvas, she tape her “tape pictures” directly on the wall of the exhibition room in the museum.

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