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
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.
'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
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
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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