Hand printed and bound book
A special commission to celebrate my friends new baby girl, Rosa!
I created original designs and hand printed them using lino on coloured paper to create a striking spine for the book and sections inside.
The front cover was also designed, cut and hand printed on buckram book cloth to reflect my friends love of all things letterpress.
The book was then bound using an exposed coptic stitch, leaving lots of room for adding bits and pieces as Rosa grows up.
Art-Book project #1
Using a combination of watercolour, screen-print and embroidery, I’ve created a Spring-inspired book using classic natural indicators of the changing season.
I like the idea of symbols in folklore. Like the classical elements, they hold a huge amount of spiritual and emotional weight. A small logo that is elegant and simple, but can carry the idea of something as big as the seasons themselves.
I’d love for this to be one of a series of four art-books, each with its own original symbol at it’s centre, illustrating the change in the natural environment as the year passes.
I stumbled across the tunnel book format after discovering Edward Gorey’s The Tunnel Calamity (photo by Steve Miller) online - and I’d pretty much give my right arm to get hold of an actual copy.
Although its not a classic, or terribly elegant binding, the scope for illustration, art and craft is pretty overwhelming with this style of book. There’s something inherently mysterious and curiosity-inducing about a peephole, we cant help but look into peoples windows, through keyholes, under beds and through trees, so being able to create a whole array of different worlds and convey different ideas using this concept is very exciting indeed.
Here, I’m just testing out the idea with some quick papercuts to get a feel for how the book should work. The moon at the back is hanging in the gap by thread to give it more movement, which I think works nicely, although it could do with some extra space and maybe a more interesting design so it draws the focus better. The distance between pages needs to be longer too, so more light can get in to add depth and so everything can be properly seen.
My brain is already awash with ideas for this style of book. However, I’m currently working on a specific project, so will attempt to keep within those parameters for the moment!
After many late nights, some blood, sweat and the occasional tear - its done.
The Witching Hour follows some of my favorite animals, mythical beasts and ghosts from the folklore of Dartmoor where I grew up.
It was cut from 160cm of lino and printed using black intaglio/relief ink on a Victorian printing press.
Made a mess.
Did a LOT of test prints.
But it finally came together. Now just to print the other side (and I can breathe again)
Further adventures in book-binding…
This is coptic binding with mdf covers and mixed paper signatures.
i am… alternative perspectives #01
A zine made as part of my art foundation project.
Some of the illustrations are more successful than others, but it was really fun to put together and pushed me quite a way out of my comfort zone.
Consistently blown away by the skills involved in art books - what a lovely idea this is.