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Southern Harvest - Clare Leighton

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This book documents the Deep South and my attention was drawn to the chapter on cotton picking. The black and white contrasts struck me immediately - the stems and the flowers, the masters and slaves, the black type on white paper with black edges, the black and white sewn headbands. The rust ground is genuine rust from iron paint - a visceral interpretation of the earth the pickers work. The portraits in the cotton boules are of actual child cotton pickers in the Deep South.

Pricing

£700 — £2000

Keywords

bookbinding, bookbinder, design binding, books, paper, leather

Disciplines

Books, Book binding, Design, Leather working, Lettering, Paper, Printing, Traditional

Materials

Leather, Mixed Media, Organic Material, Paper
Southern Harvest - Clare Leighton
Photographer: Kate Holland
Bradel binding with black goatskin spine, boards covered in paper with rust effect and rollered black lino printing ink, insets of printed Mingeishi tissue with black ink scratched and splattered with pen and nib then laminated to Griffen Mill Early Wove cream paper, black goatskin onlays, title hand tooled with 23c red gold.
Southern Harvest - Clare Leighton
Photographer: Kate Holland
Endpapers are printed Mingeishi tissue laminated to Griffen Mill Early Wove cream with pen and ink manuscript. Doublures are double printed black Murano paper. Hand sewn silk endbands. All edges black. The manuscript “No More My Lord” is the lyrics to a traditional African American spiritual sung in the fields. A CD in the accompanying binders’ notes is a recording of this song made by Alan Lomax at Parchman Penitentiary in 1948. The doublures depict the bare branches of the picked cotton but also reflect the whipping scars on the back of a slave.
Southern Harvest - Clare Leighton
Photographer: Kate Holland
Detail shot showing rust ground with black goatskin onlays and printed Mingeishi tissue inlays with manuscript scratches and splatters.

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