" La Tete Or " by Morina Mongin. Designed and bound by Robert Wu, Toronto 2017. This binding is made for an upcoming exhibition at Laure and Éric Busser's bookstore in the Latin Quarter in Paris from March 21th to 31th, and then at their booth at the Salon du Livre Rare au Grand Palais from 5 to 9 April 2017.
Morina Mongin is a Paris based fine binder who wrote this little poetry book about us the bookbinders/gilders...She is the creator of La Reliure Contemporaine and invited a small group of fine binders working in the great French tradition to bind this little book for the salon.
My inspirations for this binding are Japonisme and Chinoiserie - when the East (my heritage) meets the West. Stylistically, it's naturally fitting for me and very appropriate for this occasion as it is the first showing of my binding in Paris, France. I am thrilled to be part of it and was told that the show will be featured also in the French book magazine Art et Metiers du Livre!
The book measures 5" x 5" x 1/2" thick. It is bound in the French simplified style. The spine is covered with red goatskin and titled in gold. The headbands are made with yellow calfskin. The cover boards are covered in white goatskin with onlays of various decorative coloured leather. The inlaid eggshell panels are made by me as well and added with sunago (gold flecks). Inside marbled papers in red are hand marbled by me. The top edge is coloured in red and gauffered in gold. I decided to make a Chinese/Japanese style folding box with bone clasps. I love this type of traditional Chinese folding box because it reminds me of layering quality of kimonos and origami. It's covered with gorgeous Japanese silk/rayon fabric and lined with cork and gold flecked Japanese monigami paper. The overall folding box measures 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" x 1" thick. I am very happy with the way everything turned out. The designs were executed and composed right on the covers without using any template for this binding to keep the spontaneity and improvisation alive! It's more fun that way and I hope I have achieved design of timeless quality.
I have created these wonderful traditional paste papers for bookbinding or framed art. Paste papers or Herrnhuter papers in Germany are centuries old technique of creating decorative papers by applying coloured paste onto a sheet of paper and patterns or textures are created by direct embossing, stamping or combing with various apparatus. You can buy direct from me or check out right away on my www.studiorobertwu.etsy.com shop. Robert@studioRobertWu.com for direct orders. 416. 927 1367. Custom colours and patterns and wholesale enquiries are welcomed!
A beautiful Hawaiian album constructed by me entirely from scratch. The 38 vintage photos of Hawaii were washed and removed from an old album that was falling apart and the papers were extremely acidic. I washed, removed and flattened and mounted them on beautiful thick paper with deckled edges. Title pages and colophon were also created and laid out by me. The album is bound in forest green goatskin leather with inset panel of leather collage depicting Hawaii Diamond Head volcano and its lush shoreline in the 19th century. Housed in a red cloth covered folding box lined with moire. The finished album measures 12" x 16". For Contact Editions of Toronto.
Mao's little red book. Just finished this commissioned binding. It's bound in red morocco leather with various colour leather onlays. All three edges gilt with gauffering. Handsewn silk headbands in red black yellow. Cover tooling in 18k gold and colour foil. Inside cover with sunken yellow suede and cork flyleaves. Endpapers with marbled paper in red and yellow and gold by me as well. Housed in a red cloth bound folding box lined with yellow suede. Book dimension: 5" x 4" closed.
Design concept: Red soldiers marching on with little red books in hand and flags forming the black mountain like silhouette....Mao is depicted as the rising sun in the background.
For Justin Schiller Rare Books USA