Instruction 2: Extraction, Re-Assemblage and Inductive Coding Analysis

In response to the second instruction my first line of enquiry was once again to investigate the potential of each given word to inform visual arts practice. I became interested in using the actual text within the book to construct the inventory by physically ‘extracting’ the name of each recipient and re-assembling these within one alphabetical list. I explored the notion of inventories and considered how I could present Windham’s recipients by viewing a range of historical and contemporary inventories. I observed order, logic, detailed referencing, names and dates. I decided to locate the inventory within the empty first pages, as a further introduction to Volume 1., and directly underneath the following quote: Why may not the life of Windham be written by his letters?

I began cutting and ideas evolved in this making process including an observation around frequency of correspondence and choice of subject matter located within William Windham’s personal and professional life. I noted that Windham expresses times of confidence, achievement, anxiety and self-doubt and began to apply a system of inductive analysis selecting one individual word to most effectively represent each letter. In order to visually code emerging themes shared with the 24 recipients within this book, I have used four individual colours to evidence positive and negative adjectives in response to shared information about his evolving professional and personal life.



  1. Hi T – it’s interesting that you chose to place your inventory within the first empty pages of Vol.I. What I failed to record in my blog post relating to instruction 2, was that I utilised the front and back cover boards of the book to record my inventory. Having defined the middle point of Vol II, all letters within the first half of the book are recorded on the front cover, whilst those within the second half are on the back – leaving the spine free. It appears that although we are working independently, there are already some similarities between the two volumes.

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    1. How interesting that we are working ins similar ways – I wonder if this is inivetable as we have worked together before? It will be so good to see your final book!. I really like your further consideration and reasoning for the placement of positioning the inventory at the front and the back


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