Susan Allix, London, UK
This large book is a tour de force. It is bursting with texture, pattern and colour thanks to the richness of its prints and the handmade papers made especially for it in the paper-making town of Sanganer in India. The prints include etching, aquatint, drypoint, carborundum and surface roll as well as linocut and are enriched with hand colouring in watercolour and acrylic.
The artist draws on her writings, drawings and photographs to record and reflect on her visits to bazaars in Alexandra, Marrakesh, Mysore and Jaipur as well as in Burma. There are sections devoted to food and flowers, spices, personalities, and one on temple memorabilia and it includes a poem by Sarojini Naidu, a 20th century writer from Hyderabad.
This is a wonderful example of the many talents of Susan Allix. It displays her love of the exotic, along with her prowess as a printmaker and maker of books.
Printed letterpress in Optima Roman and Italic on 200 gsm Zerkall paper with eight original prints. The binding is silk, leather and painted paper over boards, with endpapers and doublures of handmade paper. The spine is leather. Each book is unique in colour and design and enclosed in a dark blue cloth box.
86 pages, 550 x 420mm, edition of 14.
£5,150 (plus P&P and insurance)
Myth, London 2011
The binding is full leather. The front board and spine are covered in black goatskin, inlaid with a panel of white calfskin and the back board is red. The front cover is onlaid with a soft-ground etching of a woman printed onto white hard grain goat, with black leather dye additions in pen. It is completed with red and white onlays and lettered in random red lettering sprinkled over the spine. The endleaves are hemp paper with red ink and drawn black lines; the flyleaves are white textured with fibres and the double endbands bright red. Contained in a red box lined with black.
The book won a Judges’ Choice Award at the 2011 Oxford Fine Press Book Fair.
127 pages, 340 x 270mm. Edition of 28. Hand set and printed letterpress in 18 pt. Bell, Roman and Italic with titling in Caslon and handcut metal letters. The paper is mould made Somerset Book with Somerset Velvet for the heavier multi plate etchings.
£3,950 (plus P&P and insurance)
Sudden Blue, 2012
Inspired by two lines from Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s poem ‘Sudden Light’, this jewel encrusted book is a homage to the colour blue. With pages in colours from deep ultramarine to pale turquoise of differing shapes and sizes the words and etchings recall moments of Venetian blue. The prints are small and rectangular. They echo the glass tesserae inset into the binding reminiscent of the jewelled bindings of earlier centuries.
Three verses and three etchings interleaved with a variety of hand and mould made blue papers. The letterpress is 18pt Centaur, printed on to Saunders ‘blued’ hand made and the prints on to Somerset mould made paper.
110 x 170mm, 25 sheets of pages, some printed, some cut, some folded. Bound in dark blue leather inlaid with Venetian glass tesserae. Contained with a blue box lined with velvet. Number 12 of an edition of 18. Signed by the artist.
£750 (plus P&P and insurance)
Five Delightful and Irresistible Things, 2011
This‘caged’ book takes its form from precious mediaeval books sometimes taken into battle as talismen and carried aloft on a standard, the book locked into a cage to keep it safe. The owner has to decide whether to break open the seal and view the book’s contents.
Linocuts and etchings in colour and black and white printed on Arches paper, bound with a yellow leather spine and batik printed paper, contained within a hand-made sealed paper cage and finally enclosed within a dark pink box with yellow leather fastening. Special copy bound in full leather inlays of yellow, green and pink goatskin with a green silk headband and green striped endpapers. The binding is contained inside a sterling silver cage of abstract lines and rococco curves, closed with silver chain. Contained in a drop-back box. Signed by Susan Allix and numbered.
40 pages including one folded, 100 x 95mm, edition of 23.
Standard Edition £320 (plus P&P and insurance)
Special Edition £790 (plus P&P and insurance)
Palm Tree Sketchbook, 2006
Images from sketch book drawings of palm trees from distant locations, the text giving a descriptive title to each tree.
A concertina of 14 palm tree prints in etching, relief and reproduced drawings printed on Somerset paper, bound with a folded front board using green suede and Abaca paper. Signed by Susan Allix and numbered.
14 pages, 170 x 130mm extending, edition of 25.
£210 (plus P&P and insurance)
In Paradise, London 2012
Images from the Andaman Sea with short QUOTATIONS. Cover in Malaysian batik printed cotton and contained in purple cloth covered box. The special edition with a silver palm tree.
175 x 165mm, edition of 12. Six etchings with letterpress set in Bembo, printed on a variety of hand and mould-made papers.