The work of 22 design binders, as well as the tools and materials used in production, will be featured in “DROP DEAD GORGEOUS: Fine Bindings for La Prose du Transsibérien Re-creation,” an exhibition hosted by UCLA Library. The event will run until Sunday, Jan. 5 in Special Collections.
“La Prose du Transsibérien et de la petite Jehanne de France” by poet Blaise Cendrars and artist Sonia Delaunay, was produced by letterpress and pochoir in 1913. It was an achievement for its time with its unprecedented format, avant-garde typography and abstract imagery.
Kitty Maryatt of Two Hands Press has been researching the production of the book, and debuted a new edition of 150 copies in 2012, which includes the techniques and methods used in the original. Maryatt and her underwriters commissioned fine bindings by notable design binders from around the world, resulting in the traveling exhibition.
Design binders featured include Don Glaister, Monique Lallier, Midori Kunikata-Cockram and Patricia Owen, and the tools and materials are from the creation of Maryatt’s works.