Bring Up The Bodies by
Bound by Sue Doggett
“Among these courtiers with their jewels and elaborate hats
he has looked in vain for his own face. Perhaps he is somewhere else, plotting:
a snapped skein, a broken end, an intractable knot of threads.”
The richness and pomp of the court is reflected in the beaded spine, embroidered
board covering and clasps which suggest the highly decorative Tudor cloth
bindings or books of common prayer popular in the sixteenth century. A semi-transparent
covering of scarlet organza wrapped around each board changes colour when
handled and alternately reveals and conceals that which lies underneath.
Folded, pierced and embroidered end leaves evoke wood panelled wall-covering
or ‘the little
panes which distort and cloud’.