Selected Poems

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Bound by Kaitlin Barber

Selected Poems by Emily Dickinson
Introduced by Lavinia Greenlaw
Illustrated by Jane Lydbury
Published by the Folio Society
Bound in 2017

Book bound at Studio 5 in England. Unsupported link stitch secondary sewn, full linen double board attachment, ¾ hollow. Hand dyed fair goat from J Hewit and Sons, image transfer/gold fresco technique. Full Edge decoration. Eggshell panels. Sewn silk endbands. Digitally printed leather jointed endpapers from original artwork with edge-to-edge doublures. Inspired by vivid detail of colour, texture and themes throughout Dickinson's poetry. Eggshell represents her passion for the organic world and imposed female fragility of the times. Though conservative in lifestyle her work pushed the boundaries of feminine value and aesthetic.

Kaitlin Barber is a bookbinder and book artist from Toronto Canada. She has a deep appreciation for the all-encompassing nature of the art of the hand-made book. The artist is in total control of every aspect of the work creating interplay between concept, text, and image. Cover design, hand printed endpapers, and content come together forming a narrative, influenced by the text, but going far beyond. Kaitlin is a recent graduate of the two-year bookbinding program at The North Bennet Street School in Boston, Massachusetts. In 2016 she traveled to London to study contemporary design binding at Studio 5 with internationally recognized and exhibited Mark Cockram. During this time she bound submissions to the International and UK Designer Bookbinder competitions. Studying with Mark has opened Kaitlins eyes to the immense variety of ways in which colour, texture, and materials can be used to achieve flow throughout the work, creating a rich experience that is both visual and tactile.

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