Scissors, tweezers, paste,
tape, that's it.
I do have many, many varieties
of each of these, but I need nothing else to do
small, large, curved, straight, pinking shears,
and plenty of variations on that theme, too, wiggly,
scalloped, ad infinitum, all sharp.
short, long, pointy, curved, the doctor type, the
dentist type, the stamp collector type, and yes,
the eyebrow remover type, but I buy them new and
I'm the only one who uses them. They also are all
I try every kind of paste and glue that I ever find,
but my favorite and the very best is the Japanese
household variety called nori (which
also means noodles in Japanese). It's made of rice
and water. It's non-toxic, washable, archivally
sound, and best of all, even weeks after pasting
something down it is possible to rehydrate the papers
with a warm, wet cloth. After the papers are saturated
I can remove them safely, layer by layer, with my
sharpest, pointiest tweezers. This permits editing.
Nori is available in most
convenience stores in Japan, and in some Japanese
groceries in New York.
REPOSITIONAL TAPE: I only use one kind because
it's the best and no others work. I've tried them
all. I have to order this tape from England. It's
outrageously expensive, and worth every pound. It
sticks, and, I can change my mind, and then, it
sticks again. I love the tape and I depend upon