Erin Fletcher : Fine Binding & Edition Binding
A Little Book of Birds - by Gaylord Schanilec
With Multi-color Wood Engravings by Gaylord Schanelic and Wood Engraving by Thomas Bewick
Midnight Paper Sales, 2017

Bound as a Tue-Mouche Binding. Case constructed with forest denim Hook Pottery Paper and sewn with sage green linen thread. Text block sewn with sage green linen thread. Covers embellished with feathers painted with gouache in dark jade, mauve, ochre and stone. Feathers further embellished with hand embroidery and colored pencil. Branches blind tooled. Title hand embroidered in rusty red cotton floss. Endpapers constructed with handmade red wheatstraw from Hook Pottery Paper and yellow papers from Katie MacGregor.

Book is housed in a clamshell box covered with mauve buffalo skin and Japanese bookcloth in creamy sky blue. The trays are covered in handmade yellow paper from Katie MacGregor and lined with dusty rose Novasuede. Author’s name embroidered in rusty red cotton floss on spine.

21.1cm x 14.6cm x 1.4cm – Completed in 2023

Artist Statement
The wisps of color scattered across the binding are reminiscent of feathers, but are also meant to mimic the carved lines found within the wood engravings. The binding is constructed with a handmade paper to create a soft and lightweight case to echo the small creatures caged within the text.

Schanilec purposefully left the head edge intact to cage the birds within. This irregularity is mimicked by the asymmetrical quality of the binding, such as including a yapp only on the back cover.