PILLAR of Memory I – An Intricately Decorated Ledger, Clad with Silver and Gold


The “PILLARS” Collection is in itself a story of lost roots and the attempt to trace them back.

Inspired by the ornamentation of Bulgarian, Balkan and Byzantine bindings, I wanted to experience the attitude of the old masters when they worked. However, I wanted to distort this feeling as well, change the proportions and dimensions, make chaos in the lines, have levels that hide and at the same time reveal the past. What I did not want to change is the feeling of strength and the heavy, secure presence of the book body.

My father examined this idea through the prism of his own craft, and finally with his silver work we enveloped and sealed our ideas in the finished bindings.

In the middle books, the storm subsides, the frame makes a resistance, forces the storm into tracks and gives direction. The shapes are stiffer and subdued, but they again struggle with the proportions of the cover. It is as if the memory becomes clearer, but still in a fog.

The journal is sewn on 5 bands with quality linen thread, consisting of 14 signatures of 32 pages, making a total volume of 448 pages. The paper is 80 gsm, archival quality, cream colored, smooth and a joy to write with a dip pen, fountain pens or pencil. The endpapers are decorated with hand-made paper leaves with flowing texture and attached to the book body by sewing through their leather joint.

The cover boards are constructed from two 2.5 cm thick pieces of millboard. They are sculpted and tied to the book body via the 5 bands. The book edges are sprinkled with a solution of potassium permanganate.

The book is bound with a fine quality, terracotta colored goatskin. Only sumac and other natural materials are used in the tanning of this fine quality range of leathers. These skins are hand polished and finished to show the beauty of the natural grain. The natural character of each skin is maintained, no pigment finishes are added and no grain correction is made.

The endbands are made in reverence to the Gothic technique of old with woven leather strips going through the leather on the spine and through a hemp cord core sewn onto to the book body.

The decoration on the leather is done with two techniques. The blind tooling is achieved with a heated tool pressed onto a moistened leather surface with a solution of rose water and glycerin. The moisture and heat produce the beautiful contrast without burning the leather. After that the surface is treated with a water solution of shellac and gilded with 23.5 carat gold leaf.

The clasps and central elements are made with a silver standard of 950. They are attached to the covers by various silver nails and rivets. The attachments are patinated and polished to achieve a shine on the different levels of the decoration.

The journal is in a ledger format and with dimensions of 32.5 x 13.5 x 6.5 cm or 13 x 5.3 x 2.5 inches.

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