Welcome to the second day of our radius.books takeover. In celebration of our newly released 2nd edition of “Violet Isle,” Rebecca and I are discussing bookmaking with Radius Books these past 10 years. For those in NY, we hope to see some of you at our book signing at the Radius Books booth (Booth 90) at AIPAD from 4-5 pm today. (To reserve a signed book, please DM Megan @radius.books)
Rebecca and I have made some 18 books between the two of us, but we agree that “Violet Isle” has the most unique and special cover of any of our books. In creating “Violet Isle’s” rough cardboard slipcase, David Chickey was referencing this Cuban tradition of hand-made books. In Matanzas, Cuba, east of Havana, there is a bookmaking workshop, “Ediciones Vigia,” where they make books from everyday materials—out of string, cardboard, shoeboxes—they even write books on umbrellas and kites, some examples we've included in this slide show, which you can access by swiping left. —Alex Webb @webb_norriswebb. First Photo: Alex Webb, Havana, 2004, from “Violet Isle”; Second Photo (swipe left) “Violet Isle’s” cardboard slipcase; Third Photo (swipe left again): Shoebox Book, Ediciones Vigia, Cuba; Fourth Photo (swipe left again): Umbrella Book, Ediciones Vigia, Cuba; Fifth Photo (swipe left again): Ediciones Vigia, Cuba.
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