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I return with two books which maybe seperated by time in their completion but share something in common-a basic motif,waves. While in one the waves are clearly of metaphorical essence in the second they are literaly the writers life since he was a seaman. After I finished the second book yesterday  I thought this was a good chance for me to return to the first binding I ever tooled and to share both of them with you.

This is a collection of poems from a poet held very high in greek literature,George Seferis. He was awarded with the nobel prize in 1963 and his poems are teached in schools (which in most cases resolves in people hating him along with poetry in general as they grow up and out of the classroom…). Anyway,this was the book of a doctor who had great affection for the poet so he asked me to take care of  it, and make something simple yet pleasing.

Leather binding - Βιβλιοδεσία από δέρμα

Βιβλιοδεσία από δέρμα βαμμένο στο χέρι.  Γεώργιος  Σεφέρης – ανθολογία

The design was drown from a specific poem who describes the day and emotional struggles of a doctor.This was the first binding tooled by me (with the title exception) an it was done so using 2 finishing  tools, a single line roulette and a gauge.

As is the case with 95% of the leathers I use it was hand dyed since  ready dyed goatskin of good quality doesn’t come by often around here  and ordering from abroad is too costly for the average person. Sigh…

The second one, called “Shift”  was writen by Nikos Kavvadias and is his only novel. Apart from this he only wrote poems about the sailor’s voyages,thoughts and hard life. It may sounds simple as topic for poetic  collections but his writings are vivid,full of rythm and  strong emotions  and reach places deep within the human psyche. So he was adored by mariners  and loved by the public.

leather binding - Βιβλιοδεσία από δέρμα

Βιβλιοδεσία από δέρμα βαμμένο στο χέρι. Βάρδια του Ν. Καββαδία

I sanded the intermediate space between the waves to give them some volume and to represent the sparkling effect one can see during the night hours when the moon sheds its light on the sea.For those of you that are familiar with the star formations you will hopefuly be able to trace most of them! (And for the geeky ones, yes I know the distances are incorrect!)