Bound by David Sellars
The novel begins and ends with the word Bombay consequently the concept
of circularity became the structure of the design. I wanted to use layers
of structure to create a tactile foundation which moves out in concentric
forms from the hub of the city.
From this eye of the city the writer experiences the dreamlike states
of the narcotics addict.
I have linked the traditional structure of raised bands to the use of metal
foil in drug use via metallic thread.
The drug of choice within this story is opium hence the smoky shapes of
suminagashi which is reinforced by the dyed suede outer panels. I have
extended these themes to the doubures and painted edges to create a whole
which emulates the alternate state of the drug user.
Sections are sewn on three tapes with a secondary sewing of silver metal
thread on two of the tapes, then laced through the boards. The design is
created in sections, and covered at different levels with goatskin, pigskin
and calf. These skins are dyed using batique, craquelle and tying techniques.
The doublures are tie dyed pigskin, endpapers of Korean handmade paper,
black tooling, edges decorated with coloured pencil and ink, endbands of
vellum and silver thread. Drop back box decorated to echo the inner circle
of the book.