een Hand Gebonden Kunstenaarsboek '(The) Fairing(s)', the Artist's-Books Workshop,Vilnius 2009 a hand-bound Artist's-Book / le Livre d'Artist / ein handgebundenes Künstler Buch / Mahler Buch

1. A 'fairing' is a gift. More precisely: a 'fairing' is a present given at or brought from a fair. 2. A 'fairing' is a thin cake made of sugar and butter.

3. 'Fairing' is making the surface of an aeroplane smooth and streamlike. More generally it is used for the process of streamlining.

Printing text and pictures


"Die in groene foreestkens loopen wildekens -
Onbedwongen als beestkens tot vruechden gewent sijn - "


In a combined effort Nancy Knaap - doing the picture - and Joseph Johannes Visser - doing the text - this 'bookblock' was cut ready to print. The lines from a poem by the 13th century mystic and poetess Hadewijch were as such served, rather than evenly printed.

The animal has been hand-stamped from an erasergum-cut image, the apples were hand-coloured after printing the block

In 'Nachtsprung', a little booklet on seafaring between 1100 and 1500, made by J. J. Visser, all pictures have been cut from eraser-gum

Plywood does any trick; the characters of such materials have a distinc influence on the image, not nessessarily to be accepted without a fight:

In a (1870 - 1960) printer's office clichés (photografic reproductions washed out in some strong material) were glued on a base in order to have them on the same height as the type face in use. (the ones shown here are modern plastic do it yourself clichés)
Loads of base-material was at hand (and one could glue it on any thick flat base:
any material can be used and made to serve on 'proper height' in a press, under a (lino or cardboard) cut or just used as the material intself where the picture has been cut into (with the cardboard or lino underneath).

The Mexican Manuel Manilla has made some fame in a technique in which he used the led base material of his days to cut illustrations in for his news paper.

iron wire works well in the etching press
this wire text was made by J.J. Visser to be pressed into the cover of a book by the artist Enrico Delponte, the imprint was made by using a lever press.

In the relief press one has to built things from available materials; or indeed one has te be 'clever'
In the nineteenth century printers used to 'built' real elaborate pictures from bits and pieces, squares, triangles, the lot, for their new-year's cards: the Dutch "Kopperprent" was famous for that tradition.

These bits and pieces are from a larger book on climate. All in this book is relief print (from type face to wood engraving and lino cut, and made by J.J. V.)



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