Delta of Venus - by Anaïs Nin
Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, New York, 1977
Bound in the Dorfner binding. Spine covered in amadine buffalo skin. Sewn on four blue snakeskin tapes. Walnut veneer laminated to shaped MDF boards. Onlays of Purple Heart veneer cover the sewing tapes and are stamped with author and title in Gill Sans using metallic pink foil. Blue leather wrapped headbands. Fuchsia suede fly leaves with handmade Lokta endpapers.
Book is housed in a clamshell box covered with amadine buffalo skin and burgundy Canapetta cloth. Title and author stamped in Gill Sans using metallic pink on two separate Purple Heart onlays, attached to a well on spine of box. Trays covered in burgundy Canapetta cloth and lined with Fuchsia suede.
16.3cm x 23.6cm x 3.2cm - Completed in 2014
Delta of Venus is a collection of seductive and luscious tales of erotica. I wanted to evoke the same feeling one might get from the text in the tactility of the binding. To do this I incorporated deep hues of Purple Heart against the richness of Walnut. In contrast to the hard wood is a bright fuchsia suede panel, a warm invitation to the rest of the text.
The Purple Heart tabs on the covers are cut to triangular shapes, as a reference to the letter 'V'. But I tend to view them as more of a dedication to the simplistic symbol often linked to the vagina.