Haein Song

Light / Folds
Pain Memory
Marking Colour
A Brief History of...


The Fragments of Parmenides
The Botanical City
Ornamental Digressions
Hungry Bibliophiles
Interstices & Intersections
Perpetua and Felicity
In Principio
La Prose du Transsibérien Re-creation
Dickinson's Selected Poems
Bram de Does
Russian Modernism
Beckett's Trilogy
The Songlines
Linear A to Linear Z
A Bend in the River
Mr. Palomar
Journey Round My Room
The Myth of Sisyphus
Romeo and Juliet
The Periodic Table
The Trial
Gogol's Collected Stories
Brush Up Your Shakespeare
Just So Stories
Le Grand Meaulnes
Don't Look Now


Three Plays of the Absurd
Nine Books of the Absurd



Marking Colour by Haein Song

Designed and printed in 2016
Bound and produced in 2017
255 x 255 x 13 mm

Marking Colour is printed using a sequence of the reduction linocut printing method where a single piece of linoleum has multiple layers of images cut into it. Usually this results in one image but here a single plate was pulled at multiple stages creating a series of images that chart its destruction.

In conjunction with this was the layering of colour. Often the linoleum plate is cleaned after one colour in order to print the successive colour. With Marking Colour the previous colour remained to mix with the new colour which would then appear on the next page. So on the left hand of the spread you can see the single added colour and on the right hand of the spread the resultant colour mixture with all the previous colours.

What results is a book that charts the destruction of the plate yet creation of the image.

All linocuts are printed on 100gsm Zerkall mould made paper at the East London Printmakers. The text is typeset in Scala and letterpress printed at the London Centre for Book Arts. The book is Korean stab bound in Windsor Conwy and housed in solander box covered in Windsor Croft.

The edition is limited to 13 numbered copies.


Time marks
Marks, removed
Colours, added

Bright innocent early days
Growing older days

Of more
Of less
No going back
There won't be a repeat
Scars, added

Fast fast slow faster slow slower slower
Removed marks
Added colours

A big change
Plans to be
Small changes
Only unchanged

Predictable but unpredictable
Unlimited within limit
White Yellow Red Blue Green


Out of print