SAYAKA FUKUDA, designer bookbinder. VAUGHAN, Henry & Thomas. ~ Textures of the Universe.
305 x 180 x 25 mms. Wood engravings by Hilary Paynter. One of 75 copies. Bound by Sayaka Fukuda in full brown and sanded lime green goatskin. Japanese paper onlays and impressions of reed to depict branches and petals blown in the wind. Title lettered in blind.
“The text is selected poems of twin brothers Thomas and Henry Vaughan, however, more of Henry’s works are featured here.
I used this fact in the introduction as a starting point for my design. I decided to use two contrasting colours, assigning one colour larger portion and
the other smaller. Many poems sing for God, joy and sadness of life, revolving around the nature through out the seasons. Plants, animals, scenery, scents and colours and many more. Therefore, there were many possibilities for colours and design features. At that time I was binding this book in early Spring 2013, it snowed over the Easter weekend and felt like the coldest and longest winter I have ever experienced in my life. I was longing for the Spring, sunshine and new growth, green leaves and flowers. Coming from Japan, April and Spring is all about admiring full blossom of Cherry trees through out the country, which I miss more and more as years go by. So I decided to create a binding with Cherry blossoms, new growth and sunshine reflecting upon them to admire them and praise the nature in my own way, own space.”