Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Summer 2017

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Wake Forest 27587 Magazine | Summer 2017 61 Curling up a good book There are some 35 artists and "creators" at Sugar Magnolia Café & Emporium in downtown Wake Forest, not the least of which is Cheryl Butler, whose business, cleverly called "The Butler Did It," re-purposes the printed word, i.e. used books — into decorative art. "More and more, books are gathering dust on the shelves, so I decided to reinvent them," said Butler, who lives in Wendell. "I must confess that I read most of them before they are turned into the creations you see." How does she do it? By folding each page to form a shape of a letter, at most seven, to create such messages as "Dream," "Laugh" and – for the bookish among us — "Read." For starters, she said, it took about an hour to determine where to make folds for each letter, upper and lower case. The stats were entered on a spreadsheet and a grid created to use as a guide. Tedious? You might say so. "On average, it takes me about an hour per letter for the actual folding process," Butler said. The tale of a forgotten 'Marty' This being a coffee shop, you'll spot the decorative signs reading "Behind Every Successful Person is a Substantial Amount of Coffee" and the more familiar and more snarky "UNATTENDED CHILDREN WILL BE GIVEN EXPRESSO AND A FREE KITTEN." But there's something even more special here. His name: Marty. He's a cross between a moose and a goose and as such is known as a "meese." But alas, Marty — plastered to the ceiling overhead where java devotees regularly relay their orders to an eager staff — is a forgotten soul. "Nobody ever asks," Albert Barneto, owner of the Wake Forest Coffee Company in the historic downtown, said of Marty's origins. Turns out he's the creation — nearly a decade ago — of Apex schoolchildren under the tutelage of Ian Sands and his public art project, Zonkey Street. He was once on the floor. Then, after a late-night coffeehouse teen-band event, Barneto said, he arrived to find Marty "exploded" and displayed in the front window. Next up came his relocation to the ceiling. "They found my staple gun," he said of securing the by now beleaguered beast. So what of the young artists behind Marty? "They're all in college now," he said. More Metro on Next Page ❱❱ PHOTOGRAPHS BY PHILIP M. READ

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