I have been teaching Introduction to Book Making at Mount Saint Mary’s University here in Los Angeles for the Spring Semester. I was invited to participate in the faculty show at their Chalon Campus.
For the show, I bound a copy of Henley’s Twentieth Century Formulas, Recipes and Processes, which is available free of charge on-line courtesy of archive.org.
The title of the piece is “The Top Secret Book of Secrets”. Here is it in the gallery space:
The podium was customized with brass hardware. I hand shaped the clips for the brass rail.
The book is bound in a matte black cattle hide, with gold foil free-handed on the cover and spine. I wanted to preserve the aged look, so the tooling is rough.
The text is obscured on the pages with both pen and adhesive scratch-off stickers
Sadly, I printed the pages long grain, so after folding they’re not laying as flat as I’d like. It was a heart wrenching discovery after three days of printing, I decided to bind the block anyway.
There are poems hidden under the end pages, both front and back.
There is also a hidden compartment in the spine. A slip of paper is rises out if you pull the place holder ribbon up.
The text hidden in the spine is:
There are other quips hidden under the scratch-off stickers. The installation includes a nickel, in case anyone decides to try scratching some of the silver off.