Herma de Wit’s work, her bronze sculptures, objects, drawings, and etchings, reveal an almost obsessive relationship with nature. The images in this book derive from elements of nature that the Dutch artist has gathered for 20 years of travelling across the globe. The leaves, flowers, and seeds she finds and collects become a memory of the city or country. This collection of mainly isolated fragments of flora show the fragility and strength of an object through the medium of the monoprint, a technique that helps her create poetic images from the most beautiful examples of her collection.
The concept for the book is based on the monoprinting technique translated to the way of structuring
and material choices for a publication. The ink (black) and paper (white), which makes a monoprint, are replaced by the color of the paper. This means white paper with black ink for printing and black paper with white ink for the second print. The order and printing techniques refer to the 'additive' and 'subtractive' of a monotype as a visual effect.
The book is printed both digitally and offset. The offset pages are printed with a metallic ink on transparant paper. The black pages are printed in two layers of white (digital) on original black paper. It contains four different papers and all 100 copies are handbound with a double cahier stitch and hand numbered. The cover is digitally printed in two layers on black paper, first opaque white as background and two colors on top.
Trim Size: 9,5 inch x 13,4 inch
Number of Pages: 60
Binding Method: Cahier-stitching
Paper: Antalis: Munken Print White, 150 grs. Arjow Wiggens: Pop'Set Black 135 grs, 320 grs. Igepa: IBO ONE, 60 grs
Typefaces: Laica B, Dinamo
Creative Director: Loes Claessens
Book Designer: Loes Claessens
Jacket/Cover Designer: Loes Claessens
Production Coordinator: Joost Widdershoven, Booxs
Force Of Nature
Book and Cover
Book Title: Force Of Nature
Design Firm/Agency: Studio Loes Claessens
Publisher: Herma de Wit
Author/Editor: Herma de Wit
“Seemingly simple, this book is a beautifully-considered material object, perfectly restrained with perfectly-chosen papers and inks.” —Laura Coombs
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