The Mask Of Fu Manchu in Leather Mosaic – Part 1 – preparation.
This 1st edition copy of “The Mask of Fu Manchu” by Sax Rohmer that was in horrid condition but was complete with the rare dust jacket. I thought it would be a nice opportunity to not only restore the book but do a leather mosaic designer cover. Leather mosaic is the creation of an image by using thinly pared pieces of leather and gluing them on the cover like an intricate puzzle. My inspiration for this work are the several instructional videos posted online by Gilbert Saint-Jean. I have worked with leather on lays in the past and combined them with leather tooling/carving and hand dyeing, see my Typhonian Trilogies, but never with the skill shown by Gilbert Saint-Jean or the ability I have now. As part of my current benchmark investigations, looking back at what I have done and trying to do an exemplar of that as my current benchmark, I was inspired to work on this piece.