Time: September 23, 2010 from 7pm to 9pm
Location: Big Green Bookshop
Street: Brampton Park Road
City/Town: Wood Green N22 6BG
Website or Map: http://www.biggreenbookshop.c…
Phone: 020 8881 6767
Event Tag: book, launch, local, interest, art.
Posted By: Simon Key
Latest Activity: Sep 23, 2010
a couple of weeks ago a very friendly person walked into the bookshop and asked in a most understated way whether we might be interested at looking at a book that she and her friend had designed.
What she showed us was something that we were completely blown away by. Now we've learned a bit about how it was made and who these two incredibly talented people are and we're even more excited about.
Firstly a bit about the people beh...ind the book:
Antonella Gentile is passionately interested in every aspect of books – their history, the materials & processes that create them, the people that write them, the people that read them.
She is a qualified librarian, having graduated from the University of Venice in Cultural Heritage Conservation, with a major in Library Science.
After receiving her Master Degree, she took a graduate course of studies at the National Library in Florence, where she was trained in the use of electronic resources and in the conservation of paper, a skill she had begun to develop at the Marciana National Library in Venice while she was still studying.
This interest has guided her in her studies and in all of her work experiences, even those without a specific link to library science.
Rachel Kaufmann has also had a long term love for books, which she considers one of the most powerful media for the transmission of knowledge & ideas as well as being objects of intriguing beauty in and of themselves. She qualified as a book and paper restorer at the Istituto per l'Arte e il Restauro Palazzo Spinelli in Florence, where she had occasion to work on many an old document during stints at the Gabinetto Vieusseux and the Historical Archive. But when moving to Britain a few years ago, her other long term passion for design took over and she worked as a graphic designer for four years before deciding to bring the two loves together and is thus studying for a BA in Book Arts and Design at the London College of Communication.
And so it was at the London College of Communication that Antonella and Rachel met and decided to work together for a book project during their second year in Book Arts and Design. The idea came about one night when Antonella was making her way home from dinner at Rachel's in Finsbury Park and, seeking alternative routes to the trafficked main roads and Shopping Cities, she found herself walking down a long tight passage that took her most of her way back to Wood Green.The Harringay Passage. Enchanted by this footpath's similarity to the 'calle' in Venice – the narrow streets of her home town – the next day she spoke of it enthusiastically with Rachel. They agreed that it could be a wonderful project for a photographic book and that they could use the structure of the book itself to convey the experience of walking down the Passage. Rachel immediately had this vision of pages unfolding views for the reader as the many roads crossing the path open up views for the walker, and the structure for their book was conceived.
The book is truly a work of art. It takes a day for each of the books to be made, as each on is hand sewn and bound by Rachel and Antonella. We are absolutely delighted to be able to launch this incredible book on Thursday September 23rd at 7.00pm
There will be a limited edition of 20 copies of the book available on the night. Each one is printed on high quality gloss paper and will be sealed, numbered and signed by Antonella and Rachel. These are available for pre-order at £40.
Nearer Christmas copies of the book using matt paper will also be available at a cost of £28. These will also be available to pre-order.
From Thursday 12th a viewing copy will be available in the bookshop for you to see how incredible it is.
It will be a wonderful night of celebration on the 23rd, so please make sure you mark it in your diaries and tell all your friends.
See you there.
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