I've just finished working on Version 2 of the Ten Books on Architecture. I had received an enquiry from The Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York as they were interested in acquiring the piece for their Artists Books collection. I made the original piece in 2006 for the Noosa Books tenth anniversary exhibition and it had sold there, and I had never made the intended extra two versions. However, I had all the texts and images on my computer, and notes on sizes and how I made the books in my notebook, so I offered to make Version 2 for them. I think it may be a good idea to work on Version 3 while it is still fresh in my mind!
With Vitruvius, I again painted Arches WC 200 gsm paper with watered down Sumi ink to create a marble like effect, which was made into a concertina book.
I made an embossing plate of a simple Tuscan column from mat board, which I then hand-embossed a little inside the edge of each outer fold.
I then cut the folds and cut out around each column.
The back page contains text relating to the essential elements of architecture according to Vitruvius - Utilitas (Function), Firmitas (Structure) and Venustas (Design and Beauty). The book resembles a Roman temple when standing opened.
In the next post I will talk about the Alberti book which is another concertina type structure.