I can finally reveal a book I made was selected as one of the books that received an honorary mention in the Nordic Bookbinding 2018 exhibition! Yay!
Way back in 2017 I made this binding of Ontto harmaa by Olli-Pekka Tennilä. It's a sewn boards binding with typewritten linen covers and leather details. The inspiration for using binary code on the covers came from a repeating theme of ones and zeros in the poems. You can see and read more in this blog post I wrote just after I finished this binding.
The exhibition will tour the Nordic countries in 2018-2019 and it opened at the National Library of Finland a couple of weeks ago, along with an exhibition of beautiful old books from the library's collection. Last week I took my girlfriends to see the exhibition and took a bunch of photos to share with you guys.
Photographing things inside display cases is always a pain, but I did my best. Today I'm sharing some of my favourites - still, it's always a better idea to go see the exhibition in person and see also the pieces I liked a lot, but couldn't get a decent photo of.
Erik Haagensen, Norway
Erik Haagensen: VINDUER
Quarter bound case binding
Gert Hansen, Denmark
Soeur Claire-Elisabeth, Bruno Rotival: RELIER. ART ET SPIRITUALITÉ
Full leather binding, open joint
Malene Lerager, Denmark
Malene Lerager: MODERMÆRKER
Cowork with writer Lene Harbo and goldsmith Janne Krooh Hansen
Full leather binding, closed joint, blind tooling and golden nugget
Elina Lundahl, Finland
Elina Lundahl: LOPUTON VAIKEUS
Lone Gertz, Denmark
Wiik Hansen: WIIG HANSEN 25 TEGNINGER
Full leather binding, closed joint
If you're in the vicinity, do make your way to the National Library cellar gallery! The Nordic Bookbinding 2018 exhibition will be on show until mid-May.