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



Ornamental Digressions by Russell Maret

Bound in 2021

Russell Maret 2016
Letterpress printed by Russell Maret
Unique copy of an edition of 100
368 x 264 x 16 mm

Full leather binding in grey goatskin with back pared onlays in 7 colours. Grey leather joints and doublures. Endpapers have been screen printed. Hand sewn silk headbands with highlight colours. The binding is housed in a grey cloth-covered Solander box with the title in light grey with 7 coloured letters to reflect the colours of the onlays.

The book contains various compositions of pinwheel ornaments exploring what the ornaments were not supposed to do as opposed to what they could do. Each page comes with quotes from various sources including Ruskin, Dickens, Cobden-Sanderson, Shakespeare, Morris and Goethe.

The ornaments are made up of three unique shapes - circle, tilted parenthesis and dagger variation. When moving from the cover to the endpaper and from the endpaper to the pages, I wanted to create a sense of perspective with changes in scale. The cover design is a composition of three unique shapes separated and scaled 7 to 50 times larger. The endpaper is screen printed using the shapes scaled 8 times larger.

Stanford University Special Collections, USA