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Re: Starch Pastes
- To: BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU
- Subject: Re: Starch Pastes
- From: Winston Pei <info@BLACKRIDERS.COM>
- Date: Fri, 28 Mar 1997 20:31:26 -0700
- Message-Id: <199703290319.TAA16991@SUL-Server-2.Stanford.EDU>
- Sender: "The Book Arts: binding, typography, collecting" <BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU>
>I have wonderful Hawaiian relatives that much prefer
>*very* sticky rice .. far to 'gooey' for my western-taste. At a recent
>wedding, I tried a bit of their steamed-rice on a couple place cards ..
>wow! .. strong bond, and very quick-setting!
I've been skimming over the paste/glue/adhesive thread as not too relevent
to me... but now an epiphany. Being of chinese descent, I grew up on rice,
sticky and otherwise. For art projects, my mom would just take a scoop of
cooked rice (whatever kind was in the pot) and set it on the table. Mushing
a cooked grain of rice between two pieces of coloured paper was both
viscerally satisfying and stuck better than that molasses-coloured glue
they gave you in school. Who knew that part of my heritage would revisit me
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