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My Hand…Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

December 3, 2012 by Erin Fletcher

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The sixth and final book in my Roald Dahl series is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which may be his most well-loved story inspiring several adaptations such as the 1971 film with Gene Wilder (that we all love), the 2005 Tim Burton version (that we all might not love), various live theatrical performances plus one theme park ride. As I read through this book again, I found myself scribbling note after note from the abundance of imagination and imagery sprouting from the text. I needed to settle on an idea and I knew that I wanted to incorporate Art Deco elements into the design. And so the inspiring words are those that make up the detailed description of Willy Wonka’s appearance: black top hat, tail coat of plum-colored velvet, pants were bottle green, gloves were pearly gray, and a gold topped walking cane.

Working within the limitations of my chosen color palette I created a stacked design of shapes according to their position on the body. The cane became the center point of the design and the binding and so I chose to use Peter Verheyen’s variation on the German case binding, which is the same structure used for Fantastic Mr. Fox, so that I could cover the spine separately from the boards. The spine is covered in black Hahnemuhle Ingres with Ferro gold as the tip. The headbands are wrapped with paper corresponding to the black Ingres or Ferro gold. The boards were initially covered in smoke Hahnemuhle Ingres before adding the paper onlays one at a time. Carefully measuring to make sure the design would remain square and that both boards would successfully mirror each other. I used various papers for the design because my main goal was to match the distinctive color palette. All of the black elements are Hahnemuhle Ingres; I choose purple Lokta, lime Cave Paper and Echizen ribbon Japanese paper for the other elements. 

The edges were painted with a mixture of light gray acrylic paint, water, wheat starch paste and airbrush medium. This mixture creates a fluid pigment that can be applied as an even, thin coat, which prevents the paint from flaking. The made endpapers could only be gold as a homage to the golden ticket.

The book is housed in a clamshell box, the trays are covered with smoke Hahnemuhle Ingres and lined with light gray Ingres. The case is covered in full black Iris bookcloth.


2 Comments »

  1. callen says:

    I think this book is especially beautiful. I love the color palette, and the gold foil is a really nice touch.

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