Crocodile Puddles (B32)

Catalogue Record

Collection

Maker

Title

Crocodile Puddles

Made in

Rotherhithe

Date

1984

Description

Book, half bound in green leather and the remainder covered in plaster showing a crocodile. Inside are hand coloured images, printed on rough edge paper.

Materials and techniques

Text printed in three colours on Albion letterpress by Robert Hadrill. Images hand-coloured using watercolour ink and oil pastels. Book sewn on linen tapes and laced into boards. Spine covered in green goatskin, tooled in gold leaf. Boards covered in plaster, PVA, sand and colour mixture. Impressions made in drying substance. Board surfaces polished.

Dimensions

length (box):  31cm
width (box):  22.5cm
depth (box):  4cm
length (object):  29.5cm
length (object):  21cm
depth (object):  2cm

Object number

B32

Category

On view

Short term loan for display in Great & Small: Animals in Craft at Broadway Gallery, Letchworth Garden City, 28/07/2018 - 14/10/2018.
  • Crocodile Puddles, Robert Hadrill, 1984, Crafts Council Collection: B32. Photo: Todd-White Art Photography.

  • Crocodile Puddles, Robert Hadrill, 1984, Crafts Council Collection: B32. Photo: Todd-White Art Photography.

  • Crocodile Puddles, Robert Hadrill, 1984, Crafts Council Collection: B32. Photo: Todd-White Art Photography.

  • Crocodile Puddles, Robert Hadrill, 1984, Crafts Council Collection: B32. Photo: Todd-White Art Photography.

Maker's statement

This is the second publication of a small edition that I have produced, following The New Incas in 1983. This particular copy is one of the ten "special" in the edition all of which receive particular attention. I allowed myself much more scope for adventure with the design of the book compared to The New Incas, which demanded a far more classical approach. The movement of the eye in the title page and the happy juxtaposing of text and image were two elements that I tried to achieve in the design of the contents, while the approach to the binding demand3ed the use of "more expressive" materials to continue the character that the layout had started to create.