Reflections, Eduardo Chillida

An Artists Book

The Brief

This was the first Artists Book made for Ivory Press. The founder, Elena Foster had a very simple plan; allow an artist to make whatever, literally whatever, they wanted as the book. The only boundary was to be their own imagination. This first book, from the artist Eduardo Chillida was to comprise a book of photographs by Magnum photographer Ferdinando Scianna, essays by Carlos Fuentes and John Berger, a facsimile of an unseen notebook and 11 facsimiles of drawings.

The Challenge

The best, nothing less.

The paper for the edition, both for the text and the cases was handmade by archetypal Frenchman Jacques Brejoux at Moulin du Verger Burgundy, the texts were printed letterpress using Monotype Walbaum in a large composition size we had specially cut and the facsimiles were printed in Amsterdam on a very small press before being distressed and coming alive at Hurtwood; one by one. The monolithic box containing all three books was made in Belgium and the books themselves bound in London. Almost every imaginable printing and paper making process has been used in this amazing book.

Project Outline

This book is in three parts: Part I: a volume of 11 facsimiles of drawings, each mounted and embossed with the seal of the Museo Chillida-Leku. Part II: a facsimile of an unpublished notebook by the artist. Part III: a volume of texts and photographs.


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