Susan Hulme

Susan Hulme

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La Prose du Transsibérien Re-creation

Size of binding

359 x 106 x 18 mm (14.1 x 4.17 x .7 in)


Binding: A hinged triptych bound in French buffalo with inlays of goatskin in various shades of green. Doublure: also in buffalo. Clamshell: Bookcloth, French buffalo, goatskin and ultrasuede. Hand built enclosure designed by Susan Hulme, constructed by Britt Stadig.

From the Collection of Cynthia L. Sears

Description of binding

Cendrars’ and Delaunay’s fascination with “simultaneous color contrast” led me to the world and words of Chevreul with his The Principles of Harmony and Contrast of Colors and Apollinaire’s fluid assertions. I discovered that the avant garde format of La Prose was in part inspired by the moving panoramas of Piasetsky at the French 1900 World’s Fair, which challenged me to consider the movement and physicality of the piece. My approach reflects the verdant spring of 1913 Paris with a triptych format and a palette of greens. The Eiffel Tower in geometric abstraction is a symbol of optimism and beauty as I imagined the train moving toward hope and growth.

Artist bio

Susan Hulme, a native Nashvillian, has been an editorial art director and graphic designer since the mid-seventies. During the last fifteen years she has focused on the art and craft of the handmade book, and in 2017 received a diploma in fine binding from the American Academy of Bookbinding. Her bindings have been exhibited in the United States, Canada and overseas. Bindings are held in both public and private collections.

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