Heliopolis by James Scudamore


Heliopolis by James Scudamore
Published by Harvill Secker 2009
220 x 142 x 26mm
Bound 2010
The Clothworkers' Company Prize for Open Choice Book. 1st Prize.
Private Collection, USA

Unsupported link stitch with a Fraynot hinge attachment. Secondary sewing. 
Bound in fair goat, dyed with leather dyes. Multiple leather hand dyed onlays. Black foil tooling and lettering across the cover. Acrylic wash to the edges. Graduating coloured silk sewn headbands.

Painted endpapers and edge-to-edge doublures. Leather joints.

I have plucked certain themes and phrases from this tale to help inspire this binding; Brazil, wealth, favelas, “…bile yellow…”, “…a beautiful pollution sunset…”, “…reds and oranges that glint in shards…” 

The graduating elements within the headbands, endpapers and cover symbolise the cross over from rich to poor and vice versa.