The White Rose. Truman Capote.
The White Rose.
The White Rose.
The White Rose.
(McEwan, Tom)

The White Rose.

McEwan, Tom (illus.)

Newton, IA: Tamazunchale Press, 1987. 31pp. Truman Capote's essay describes his first meeting with French author Colette, during which she gave him a crystal paperweight and inspired him to start collecting the objects for himself. The book has been specially bound by Tom McEwan to reflect the world in miniature found in paperweights. In his artist's statement, McEwan explained that his intention was to create "a contemplative, enigmatic design, something which invites the viewer to interpret, examine and explore." Using goatskin, hand-dyed to evoke the "dazzling patterns frozen forever" in crystal, McEwan created swirls of blue, green, pink, and yellow that are transected by shafts of rippling gilt tooling, much as light shines through a paperweight. The design continues onto the doublures, and the flyleaves are hand-colored with acrylic ink to match. Images of statues emerge from within the patterns on the flyleaves, their forms highlighted by more shafts of light in the form of gilt tooling. The technique of incorporating image transfer into the binding is a signature of McEwan's design style. The page edges have been decorated with acrylic ink and rippling gold. The motif continues onto the buckram box, which is decorated with more hand-dyed goatskin arranged in an abstract pattern and surrounded by gilt-tooled rippling lines. Tom McEwan was elected a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders in 2014 and in 2013 won first in three of the major categories in the Designer Bookbinders Annual Competition, including the Mansfield Medal for the Best Book. He studied fine bookbinding at Glasgow Metropolitan College under Jim Vallance and was the winner of National Library of Scotland's competition in 2008. (2 1/2 by 1 3/4; 63x44mm). Item #25456

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