Wednesday, 4 February 2009
Towards the end of last year Designer Bookbinders organised an international competition, being a fellow of D B, I was encouraged to enter. The title of the book is Water and is series of works about... wait for it.....water.
So here is my offering.
Reduction Lino cuts for the end papers. Fun to do and simple-ish.
Hand sewn endbands with edge decoration in blue and gold leaf.
Edge to edge doublers, these have been worked on the book to give the feeling of water worn wood.
The leather is hand dyed with over 1,500 individual impressions. That took some time to do, I suppose it is a sort of trad binding for me. The design is based on the Golden Temple in Kyoto. Rain Falling on the decorative carp in the surrounding lake.
The surface of the leather was then worked with a fine wire wool, leaving the gold in the impressions ( Hand Tooled ) and residue of the gold left in place to enhance the ripple effect.Small inlays in the boards and doublers echo the water drop on the end papers.
I like the finished result, fun to do and something of a challenge as I do not usually work with gold leaf in this way.