Monthly Archives: April 2015

Sharing skills is fun: book art workshop

Here are some images from the first part of my book alteration workshop, held few days ago at the Westminster Reference Library. Lonely Planet offered a full box of old editions from their archive and that was the starting point of the workshop. I just added some blades, cutting mats and encouragement: the rest came very easily. […]

The work in progress of Guides to Elsewhere: 7/Maelström

For this work, representing the immense powerful vortex described in Edgar Allan Poe’s A descent into the Maelström, I wanted to use a traditional printing technique instead of the digital approach used for previous books. I carved the image of a whirlpool into a piece of linoleum and I repeated the same print on each of the 50 pages […]

The work in progress of Guides to Elsewhere: 6/Macondo

Macondo is the very first part of the series Guides to Elsewhere: it was created two years ago for my boyfriend, who had left for a two-month trip to Brazil. Before his trip, I had lent him my brother’s old Lonely Planet: he then bought an updated version of it and left the old one at home. That object […]

The work in progress of Guides to Elsewhere: 5/Labyrinth

When King Minos of Crete decided to build a prison to hold the Minotaur in Knossos, he called Daedalus: the skilled inventor created a Labyrinth so intricate, he had to build himself a pair of wings in order to escape it. To be consisted with the classical depictions on coins and pottery,even though both logic […]

The work in progress of Guides to Elsewhere: 4/City of the Immortals

The Immortal is a short story written by Jorge Luis Borges and included in a collection, The Aleph, published in 1949; it tells the autobiographical tale of a roman soldier, Marcus Flaminius Rufus, and his quest for a river that gives immortality. After a long journey, he finds the river and a labyrinthic place called City […]