Παρασκευή, 8 Νοεμβρίου 2013

Newsletter of Designer Bookbinders No164 Autumn 2013

Το άρθρο μου για τη συμμετοχή μου στο διεθνή διαγωνισμό βιβλιοδεσίας με θέμα τον Σέξπιρ, περιλαμβάνεται στο φθινοπωρινό τεύχος του περιοδικού Designer Bookbinders
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My article about my participation in the international bookbinding competition on Shakespeare, is included in the Autumn issue of Designer Bookbinders



My bookbinding for the Designer Bookbinders Bookbinding International Competition

I participated in the Designer Bookbinders Bookbinding International Competition with the book ‘The Tempest’ of W. Shakespeare,
a  1908 edition by Hodder and Stoughton, illustrated by Edmund Dulac.
The basic idea of this binding was the creation of double covers:
A leather inner cover, to express the dreamlike state of the play and its illustration. 
And an outer metal cover, intended to be the strong element of the composition,
a symbol of Prospero’s force, who is using sorcery to subjugate the fairies of the island where he and his daughter were wrecked and to control nature’s elements to bring about the tempest by which he took his revenge on the usurpers of his throne.
This binding of ‘The Tempest’ is part of a collection of works of mine created in recent years, where I have incorporated metal elements. 
Initially, these are as decorative elements and more recently in larger areas of the book which are used as the covers on their own. 
After extensive experimentation with various bindings components, I researched methods on how to incorporate a metal cover with the traditional materials, such as leather, parchment, paper etc.
Inspired by elements such as the symbols of witchcraft and the shape of a whirl which invokes high sea waves, I decided to draw on the metal cover concentric circles in between on which I have etched spells, incantations and magic letters using engravers techniques.
By heating the metal after the etching process, surface oxidation occurred; this was maintained to a high degree by avoiding polishing of the metal surface.
The concentric circles were cut using a hand held fine metal saw and by displacing these circles in opposite directions a 3D spherical effect was created.


The leather cover was dyed with leather dyes while simultaneously applying masking fluid to isolate other areas. The same technique was used to decorate the endpapers. 
The card board covers were carved in order to embed the metal components which were bent towards the inside of the covers.
Once the book was covered with leather, gilding paste was used to highlight the motion of the waves and some other details. Finally, the title of the book was applied on the spine.



Metal strips have been attached to the spine by fine steel wire rope. These metal strips connected the outer metal covers with the book.The spine edges were reinforced by using thin metal strips stitched with fine steel wire.









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