When I cannot speak I let others do it for me. The new year is upon us and art must revive the exasperating coils of existence.
One of my deeper interests.
One of the best and coolest ways of displaying book structure is undoubtedly a cutaway model, where different layers of a book’s construction are intentionally left exposed in the final product. As you can imagine (or maybe have experienced), constructing a successful cutaway model takes a lot time and planning, and can almost be more of a pain than simply making a finished book.
Pictured above is a 1580 imprint of Cicero’s Epistularum ad Atticum (Letters to Atticus, Cicero’s buddy). The majority of the adhesive used on the paste-downs and spine has failed, scandalously revealing the beautiful materials and structure used in the construction of the book, and in effect making it a cutaway.
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I haven’t posted on the work I’ve been making & exhibiting but I am often influenced, even if imperceptibly, but things nautical. Thony is one of my handy reference people. He also refers the work of others.
Before 1995 probably only a handful of people interested in the history of navigation had ever heard of the English clockmaker John Harrison and the role he played in the history of attempts to find a reliable method of determining longitude at sea. This situation changed radically when Dava Sobel published her book Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time in that year. This volume caught the public imagination and very rapidly became one of the most successful popular history of science and technology books of all time. It was followed just three years later by a lavishly illustrated expanded edition. Just one year after that followed the equally lavish television documentary film based on the book. By the year 2000 at the latest John Harrison had become a household name and a British scientific hero on a level…
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