Wednesday, April 25, 2012

1st Artist Book!

I am a bit late at posting this but here it is - my first artist book - "Walk with a Blind Man" by Razvan Supuran.

The project took place in November last year at Atelierul de Carte from the Romanian Peasant Museum. I first went there to learn how to make handmade paper but the idea of making a book with Razvan was immediately born. The book was written by him, and illustrated and hand-bound by me. It was printed on handmade recycled paper and published in a small edition of 30 copies. We made it in a record time of three weeks which was only possible due to the joined efforts of the Atelier's wonderful team. I'm grateful to Razvan for giving me this opportunity, I learned many things from him and was inspired by his creative spirit. This project came into being thanks to two other people who put a great deal of effort and time into it - Catalin Buzoianu, who produced each beautiful sheet of paper in this book and Raluca Popescu, who printed it out. The fun atmosphere, the inspiring space, everything contributed in a way to the making of this book. I had a wonderful time, it was truly a great experience. So thank you, guys!

Here are some photos during the making :-)

Sketching sketching sketching... I kind of lost my practice at it!

Catalin teaching me how to make paper. Awesome!

The atelier with Alex and Raluca at work

Paper drying

All printed and ready to be bound

All bound and ready to be cased in

Working, cold November at the museum :-)

Stacked, awaiting for the hole

 Binding around the hole - not as easy as I thought!

All piled up and waiting for the letterpress printing

 Letterpress block for printing the cover - Razvan made magic with this one!

Fresh out of the press. Razvan evaluating.

And finally, the book!

I see :-) 

More pics of the book on Flickr and Facebook, and now the book is available in my Etsy shop!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

New work

Lately I've been drawn into making square books. I like that shape, it leaves plenty of space for creativity with the design. It's also great when left simple.