La Prose du Transsibérien Re-Creation

    “La Prose du Transsibérien”  

At the beginning of this year, I was concentrating on making a design binding for the exhibition “Drop Dead Gorgeous”. Twenty two bookbinders who basically working in UK and USA had bound the re-creation of “La Prose du Transsibérien” by Kitty Maryatt. The original “La Prose du Transsibérien et de la Petite Jehanne de France” is a collaborative artists’ book by Blaise Cendrars (prose) and Sonia Delaunay-Terk (Illustration) which was first published in 1913.
The text sheet is approximately 2m long and most of the binders had folded the sheet to concertina.
I decided to fold in a slightly different way, basically a right-angled triangle concertina. The front and back boards are covered in dark brown goat skin with coloured onlays and gold gilded leather inlays. The design for this binding is based on the images of the view from the moving train window that the scenery move through out of focus. Also the colours coordinate with the colours found in the text block.
“Drop Dead Gorgeous” is a touring exhibition and the first venue is the “San Francisco Center for the Book” which was held from the 6th of September to the 6th of October. The exhibition is now in the UCLA Library Special Collections in Los Angeles until the 5th of January 2020. The exhibition is also coming to London, the venue is Maggs Bros (please see the post for May 2019 ) with the exhibition being there for the month of June next year.
If you would like to know more about the “Drop Dead Gorgeous” exhibition and “La Prose du Transsibérien”, please visit the website as below.


私は今年の始め “Drop Dead Gorgeous” (素晴らしい状態に陥る) 展覧会の為のデザイン製本の制作に励んでいました。この展覧会は、主に英国とアメリカ合衆国にいる22人の製本家が、キティ・マリヤット作の”La Prose du Transsibérien” の復刻版を製本した作品で構成されている展覧会です。
“Drop Dead Gorgeous”展は巡回展覧会で、すでに9月6日から10月6日までサンフランシスコの「センター・フォオ・ブック」にて開催されました。現在はロサンジェルスのUCLA図書館特別コレクションにて展示されており、来年の1月5日まで開催されます。この展覧会はロンドンにも来ることになっており、 会場のマッグズ・ブラザーズ(2019年5月のこのブログをご参照ください)で、来年6月に一ヶ月間展示が行われます。

“Drop Dead Gorgeous””La Prose du Transsibérien”の詳細に関しては上記ウェブサイトをご覧ください。

“La Prose du Transsibérien” A right-angled triangle concertina fold  

“La Prose du Transsibérien”(right) and the information sheet with leather cover (left)

The miniature maquette of “La Prose du Transsibérien”. 
A right-angled triangle concertina fold. Front side.

The miniature maquette of “La Prose du Transsibérien”.
A right-angled triangle concertina fold. Back side.

The catalogue of “Drop Dead Gorgeous” exhibition



SOB Conference 2019

    The Chancellors’ Building at the University of Bath (SOB Conference Centre)

For a long time the Society of Bookbinders has organised a biennial education & training conference.
It is well known internationally in the bookbinding world and it is very well organised most of the time.
This year’s conference was had held in the University of Bath form August 29th to September 1st.
Last year I was contacted by the organiser requesting me to talk about “Sunago” (gold and silver sprinkle) to demonstrate at this years conference.
Each speaker had 75 minutes with a repeat of the same talk (or demonstration) on the second day as well. I was scheduled for the Friday early afternoon and Saturday early morning. In my session, I combined a Sunago’s demonstration and a talk about Japanese gold leaf from the Kanazawa region. Therefore, I had used two screens. One screen showed my demonstration using a small camera on the table catching my hand movement.
The 2nd screen was used to show the slides for my talk. It seems that this presentation worked quite well in the 75 minutes. The speakers are also able to attend the other speakers session in their free time. During the conference, I could meet a lot of new bookbinders (I means that new for me) as well as familiar faces. I have really enjoyed to been in the conference.

If you would like to know more about the SOB conference 2019, please visit the website as below.




The audiences at the Lecture room 3 (Saturday early morning session)


Talking about the Kanazawa Gold Leaf with slide screen


Two screens. The left screen shows the tools and paper of Sunago 
and the right screen shows the gold leaf studio at Kanazawa.

My hand movement during the demonstration 

  My hand movement during the demonstration

My hand movement during the demonstration


The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

   The Palm House at The Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew

In March I became a member of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Kew Gardens). As a member, I will be able to go to Kew gardens much more easier than before. Though I had been there few times before I became a member, somehow I always visited in Mach. The weather still chilly from the winter and the gardens were relatively quiet. Naturally enough, Kew Gardens in summer is much more colourful and alive.
This time, friends invited me to go to a demonstration of Christabel King who is the Botanical Artist at Kew Gardens. We were all very much impressed with her skilfulvery delicate and beautiful work.
Also Dale Chihuly’s Glass artworks were exhibited in various places in the gardens, the greenhouses and the gallery. I think that Chihuly’s Glass works and the Kew Gardens collaboration worked very well.
We also walked around the gardens to see the some heritage trees that the Japanese Kew artist, Masumi Yamanaka had painted. It was beautiful Sunday afternoon and I walked a lot that day.

If you would like to know more about the Kew Gardens and related artists, please visit the website as below.





The Botanical Illustration Book by Christabel King

The Chihuly’s Glass work at the garden

The Chihuly’s Glass work in the greenhouse 

One of the heritage trees. Oak tree.

  One of the heritage trees. Ginkgo tree 

  I do not know the name of flowers



    The flower arrangement on the concourse at The Grounds, Wimbledon

The Wimbledon Tennis Championship was held from the 1st to 14th of July this year. The men’s single on the last day was an exciting game, being nearly five hours long.
I am not a particular tennis fan, however when I was young I learned and played tennis. So, I have some interest in the Wimbledon Championship since I have moved to the South West of London. I am still not sure how the system works to get the tickets. According to my friend’s information, there are tickets that called 'ground tickets' that are reasonable priced. If you have this ticket you can enter the Wimbledon tennis ground and can watch various games, there are 18 courts in the ground. However, it is necessary to get the another ticket if you would like to watch the games on the Center Court and number1,2 and 3, courts. These tickets are not easy to get but fortunately my friend was able to get tickets for us to watch the game at No.2 court on Saturday the 6th of July.
As a spectator it was perfect weather, being mild with a soft breeze and alternately sunshine and cloud.
First, I was surprised that the inside of the ground are full of green and purple flowers which is the logo colour of Wimbledon championship. It was highly organised and well presented place. Perhaps, as it was still early stage of the tournaments, the whole atmosphere was very nice and relaxed.
We watched the game of women’s singles, men’s doubles and mixed doubles. One of the men’s doubles player was Andy Murray, unfortunately he and his partner lost the game. Then we went to the Junior tournaments that featured Shintaro Mochizuki (he is Japanese) though we did not realise it, he won the Junior’s title on that day.

If you would like to know more about The Wimbledon Tennis Championship, please visit the website as below.




The Information Board

No.2 Court, the person on the right is Andy Murray

The café near No.2 Court

 The flower arrangement on the concourse 

 One of the courts in the grounds

 The flower arrangement on the concourse