A Gallimaufry of the Seasons
A 21 page book in a bespoke oak case. Using both modern and traditional materials, the maker ‘re-designed’ a medieval book of the seasons. The chosen subject matter, agriculture, was an important subject for medieval man and woman. Taken from the notebook the maker kept when observing the natural world, the gallimaufry of words in the book suggest the changing seasons. The first letters are rubricated and the breaks between groups of words are illuminated. The heavy tracing paper introducing each season has a quality and ‘rattle’ not unlike vellum.
Prior to the acquisition, the work was shown in Designing English at Bodleian Library, Oxford (December 2017 to January 2018) and COLLECT 2018 at the Saatchi Gallery, London (21 to 25 January 2018).
Materials and techniques
The pages were composed on a lap-top computer, printed on an ink-jet printer and illuminated with gold leaf. The tracing paper pages were printed from the maker’s own photographs taken in her garden, illuminated with gold leaf and hand-coloured. The folds of each section have white sheepskin guards and the book is sewn on double raised cords using herringbone stitch.
Cords are laced into the boards and pegged with the perspex rods, sanded level with the board surface.
Case made of quarter sawn oak connected with white sheepskin joints and lined with suede. White sheepskin ties.
Other than the computer and printer, the equipment used were the standard tools for bookbinding and woodwork.
The 50+ years seasoned oak was part of a deconstructed cabinet.
width (Book): 18.5cm
length (Book): 26.2cm
depth (Book): 2cm
width (box): 21cm
length (box): 28.3cm
depth (box): 4cm
Purchase of ‘A Gallimafry of the Seasons’ (2017) supported by a donation from an anonymous donor.