(This is a more modest version of my original book, with 5 spreads instead of 15.)
Art, calligraphy and poetry bound together to revel in the many Arabic words that express love in all its hues. A lovely piece of handheld art, and a unique gift for a wedding or for a lover of any of the above, that takes up no space but can be enjoyed again and again.
The art and calligraphy are my own; the Sufi poems were selected to amplify the words, and also confer a double meaning on the book: human lover or divine Beloved?
The book is designed to speak to the senses and emotions, its enjoyment not to be bogged down in definitions: therefore, the translations are tucked away in a folded insert, along with some of my sketches for the designs.
The body of the concertina is printed with archival, pigment-based giclée on beautifully tactile Hahnemule etching paper, which I cut, fold and assemble by hand. The covers are painted in watercolour, blind-embossed using a wonderful old-fashioned press, and finished with gold metal leaf. (The cover design, a golden seed inside a heart, is a reference to the seminal Arabic word for "love", hubb, which also means "seed").
The closed book measures 11.5x11.5cm, and it unfolds to 126.5 cm in a single length of paper. Each copy is signed and numbered out of a total edition of 25. As it was hard to choose only 5 words out of the original 15, I made 5 different iterations:
Full spectrum: A balanced selection. (5 available)
Pink spectrum: Words that evoke friendship, general love. (3 available)
Red spectrum: Love affair, passion. (3 available)
Orange spectrum: Merging, longing. (2 available)
Purple spectrum: Closeness, intimacy. (3 available)
Please send me a message with your preference when purchasing.
giclée printing, dry-embossing, watercolour, metal leaf