La Prose du Transsibérien Re-creation
Size of binding
Size of closed box: 230 x 113 x 135 mm (9 x 4.45 x 5.3 in); Open: boxes of variable sizes.
Leather, paper, bookcloth, silk thread, polyester thread, texture paste, acrylic and watercolour paint, drawing ink and gold leaf
Description of binding
The binding of La Prose du Transsibérien Re-creation is constructed from a series of boxes and trays of various sizes and structures, opening out Russian doll-like, and referencing the journey from Moscow to Harbin and to Paris. Fear of the unknown, excitement, unfamiliarity, beauty, grandeur, war, death, physical, emotional and conceptual landscapes are encountered from the train and the animated language suggests the rhythmic and passionate intensity of the ride. The lack of direction on the fold out ‘map’ echoes the way in which the language shifts erratically from one idea to another, whilst still depicting a sense of directional movement and suggesting specific phrases and ideas within the text.
Sue Doggett is an artist who creates handmade books and bindings. Creative interests include surface design, women’s history, sewing as drawing, the role of craft practice, memory and the history of magic. Fellow of Designer Bookbinders, associate lecturer on the BA (Hons) Graphic Design course at Camberwell College of Arts and book arts tutor at The City Literary Institute, London. Represented in public and private collections in Europe and USA and can be seen at the Hyman Kreitman Research Library, Tate Britain; The Folger Library, Washington DC; Yale University Library; The Bodleian Library, Oxford; The Centre for Fine Print Research, Bristol; Manchester Metropolitan Museum; Clothworkers’ Company, London.
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