Alphabeta Concertina (B25)

Catalogue Record

Collection

Maker

Title

Alphabeta Concertina

Made in

Guildford

Date

1983

Description

Book with red cover design, folded text block with 26 pop-up letters of the alphabet on cream coloured paper.

Materials and techniques

French-fold alphabet book without text, made up of 26 pop-out capital letter forms cut and creased onto 100 gsm Heritage book paper from two A1 sheets glued to silk-screened Heritage museum boards.

Dimensions

length:  16.3cm
width:  10.9cm
depth:  2.2cm

Object number

B25

Category

  • Alphabeta Concertina, Ron King, 1983, Crafts Council Collection: B25. Photo: Todd-White Art Photography.

  • Alphabeta Concertina, Ron King, 1983, Crafts Council Collection: B25. Photo: Todd-White Art Photography.

  • Alphabeta Concertina, Ron King, 1983, Crafts Council Collection: B25.

Maker's statement

I have been working intermittently on the idea of a simple Alphabet pop-up book for some years. The first actual alphabet forms came with an alphabet poem written by Roy Fisher "Scenes from the Alphabet" in which I used A, B & C down the "gutter" of a central spread on "french folded section". The forms are basically those used in Alphabeta Concertina. The problem in designing the book was in giving each letter one page without having a hole and at the same time making it compact enough not to stretch out to 6 metres.