Erin Fletcher : Fine Binding & Edition Binding
Chemins de traverse – text de Luc Bureau
Conception et illustration de Ghislaine Bureau
Les Giboulees, Ghislaine Blais Bureau, Quebec, 2017
Edition No. 8/45

Collection of Boston Athenæum, US

Bound as a Tue-mouche binding. Case constructed with granite Cave Paper and sewn with black linen thread. Text block sewn with red linen thread. Title is partially gilt in palladium and Caplain gold leaf. Remaining lines hand embroidered with cotton thread in dark grey and olive green. Cover decorated with pastels in peach, scarlet and raw sienna. Dots hand tooled in red foil scattered across both covers and spine.

Book is housed in a clamshell box covered in rose buffalo skin and Hook Pottery paper in red wheatstraw. The trays are covered in hand-marbled paper by the binder and lined with gray Bugra paper. Title is stamped in dark silver foil on spine.

25.1cm x 17.5cm x 1.7cm – Completed in 2018

Exhibition History
  • Exhibited in ARA-Canada Exhibition: Chemins de traverse at the Monique-Corriveau Library in Quebec City - Online Catalog

Artist Statement
This fractured poem about Quebec explores the contrasting landscape, culture and history. My design for this binding is meant to amplify the overall feeling emoted by these comparisons. The harshness of the textured paper and the metal leaf is a stark contrast from the soft embroidery floss and chalky pastels. The red dots mark locations within Quebec specifically named in the text.