Edmund de Waal

I went to see Edmund de Waal’s exhibition Breath at Ivorypress. At the heart of the project is a single book, which is a homage to Paul Célan.

It starts with a complete case:-

This converts into a reading desk:-

Then the book itself is bound in vellum (Shepherds):-

The text done by Book Works, uses different papers, first Japanese, then English, then German (the poems are printed on German paper overlaid by Japanese):-

It’s a big, complex, and very beautiful collaborative project involving poetry, print, bookmaking, typography, binding and craft:-

Next door are works inspired by Zurbarán and Lorca. One piece in marble, porcelain and aluminium:-


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