AND……the beast. Kenneth Grant’s Typhonian Trilogies.

 

The designs for each book was inspired on the spot and de profundis: a seminal cosmic swirl, a mothman Rorschach, a screaming flailing flame beast resplendent with eyes galore. This Spare-like somnambulistic design style was continued throughout the binding process especially for the drawings I executed for the main gold stamps. I was not familiar with the content of the books or the drawings within, only a short synopsis of each book. I simply read each and then sat for drawing the images from wahtever came into my head.  I was happy to see my drawings worked well with the content of the books.

A base coat of dye was added to each book; red, blueish purple, and green. This was then shaded. I cut stencils out of book board and placed them over the center of the books and then dyed the cover beyond the shape black. I used a bone folder to press and burnish the leather around these shapes in order to push it down and allow the shapes to stay raised up. Each book took hours to work. Once the shapes were made I pared pieces of leather down for a central onlay and mounted that…then used hand cut brass stamps for the back covers and hand drawn images that I had made into photo exposure epoxy gold stamps for the covers.

 I darkened, cajoled, oiled, waxed, smoothed until my hands cramped and my temper flared. I added innumerable tiny dots of gold and silver leaf, eye shaped dots, circles and any organic shape I could conjure.

Once the covers were done I added  designs on the spines by tracing, pressing, burnishing, adding onlays, burnishing them, stamping, and dyes. This again took weeks to complete with each piece needing to be hand pared paper-thin then the leather underneath roughed and the onlays glued into place. Once they were dry I burnished them, dyed the edges, burnished again etc.

The final set is a unique one-of-a-kind hand bound goat skin, hand dyed, hand burnished and stamped set with three colors, three designs, and nine custom dies- three custom sigil stamps and too many hours to recall.

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