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.
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