Breakfast at Tiffany's

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Bound by Yuko Matsuno

Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
Introduced by Lavinia Greenlaw
Illustrated by Karen Klassen
Published by The Folio Society

For this binding, Yuko was awarded the 'The Sally Lou Smith Prize for Forwarding ' in the Designer Bookbinders Bookbinding Competition 2017.

Bound in light blue goatskin and Hewit's Grey Pentland goatskin with hand ink-dotted goatskin onlays. Link stitch with secondary sewing. Full linen board attachment. Light blue goatskin covered inset with Swarovski pearl bead and black agate bead decorations. Title tooled in black. Blind tooling on the front and back boards. Doublures and endpapers decorated with pastel and Gampi paper onlays. Edges decorated with pastel. Hand-sewn Japanese silk endbands. Full cloth covered box with a clay cat model covered in hand ink-dotted goatskin. Title tooled in black onto vellum strip. Swarovski pearl bead and black agate bead decorations.

"I have created the sophisticated atmosphere of Tiffany's on my binding. It seems that Tiffany's was the only place that sheltered Holly from the "reds" that often distressed her. The design of the doublures and endpapers is based on a map of Manhattan and they have Gampi paper onlays that suggest the stairs in her apartment building. I added her cat as a reflection of Holly herself to my binding. The hand-inked dots in blue, grey and green on the goatskin onlays represent Holly's eyes that looked like shattered prisms."

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