Jackie Batey: BATTERED
95mm x 215mm with 22 printed, folded pages.
Yellow fly-leaf and endpaper with maker's emboss.
Japanese account book style binding in red silk thread
with PVC tablecloth covers.
Book packaged in white food bag printed with an original
2-colour lino print.
Each book comes with its own Mermaid Chip Fork and
Limited edition of 20, each copy is numbered and signed.
Made in Brighton in October 2009.
This book has a dual message; on one hand its a
celebration of British chips but on the other
its a lament to the declining cod stocks. The book
is called Battered to reflect these two sides,
both the cooking and the over-fishing. The Atlantic cod
is a fish in crisis, stocks have suffered
heavily from overfishing on both sides of the Atlantic.
All stocks are classified as being overfished
or at risk of being harvested unsustainably.
The sequence of pages through the book shows images of a
packet of chips being eaten, next to
an image of slowly disappearing cod. The reverse pages
show photographs taken over a number of
years in the U.K., Gibraltar and Spain of chip chop
advertising boards or 'A' boards. The book is
covered in a yellow check PVC tablecloth bound in the
style of a Japanese account book - the pages
are folded at the leading edge. The book is presented in
a white chip shop bag that's been printed with
a 2-colour lino of the title of the book. Each book holds
within its pages a Mermaid Chip Fork and