Anansi Tales, 2015

Edition: 15 (+ 2 APs)

Each artist’s book is unique where original artworks are constructed on cut out tailoring patterns in the form of 42 x 29.7 cms leaf dimension each. Bound by Master Book Binder Manuel Mazzotti of Mazzotti Books.

Foreword by award-winning writer and poet Nancy Campbell.

Dimensions: Box: L: 44, W: 62.5, D: 3.5 cm (The box when opened is 128 cm in width),
Book: L: 41.5, W: 60, D: 1.75 cm (The book when opened is 120.5 cm in width)

The tailor’s imprint of chalk marks, lines, darts, and other markings become an integral part of the image. A response to these and the image is made by further cutting sections and under-layering with coloured paper and acetate, or adhering new material over the image to create original cut out illustrations. Each book will be an authentic number as the patterns are all cut differently for different men, and the response will accordingly make each artwork unique in its own right.

Each page is bound in sections held in place with invisible strips of 46gsm Japanese paper, hand-tinted with a pigmented acrylic wash to mirror the texture of the brown paper pattern. The outer case of the book is composed of 2.8mm millboard covered with grey Corfe Windsor bookcloth. The book opens from the centre – i.e. two tray drop back body on either side. The front boards are decorated with paired pictorial blocking in black foil.