For the next show in its series, the focus turns to bookbinding, asking us to challenge the inherited wisdom that we shouldn’t really be judging books by their covers.
The exhibition, entitled Beautiful Readable Objects, will showcase experimental approaches to contemporary bookbinding by members of international bookbinding collective Tomorrow’s Past.
The group aims to create modern conservation bindings for antiquarian books, with work from nine members of the collective featuring in the Aram Gallery show.
The projects see Tomorrow’s Past lovingly take on damaged old books, returning them to functional, readable pieces of literature using modern techniques, rather than using a traditional aesthetic.
The result is a beautiful combination of old and new and form and function, with each piece demonstrating a sensitive, understated approach to the restoration.
Alongside the finished books, the exhibition will also be showing pieces that hint at the process behind creating them, including maquettes of book jackets, experiments in articulating hinges and test fabrics, which visitors are allowed to handle.
Adding further context, each maker’s work will placed with an object that help inspire it, as well as an interview about the work.
Beautiful Readable Objects runs from 22 November – 17 January 2014 at The Aram Gallery, 110 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2B