PILLAR of Homage
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.
With the largest book I was aiming for peace, just paying tribute. Not to take anything, but give a gift to the people who made such works in the past. To show that creation has not ceased and thank them for their contribution and hoping their spirits rest well.
The journal is sewn on 5 bands with quality linen thread, consisting of 16 signatures of 32 pages, making a total volume of 512 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 methylene blue.
The book is bound with a fine quality, azure 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, woven with kangaroo 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 intricately gilded with 23.5 carat gold leaf.
The clasps and corners 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. Each corner piece and clasp base has in its center a 4 mm natural citrine gemstone, surrounded by six 3 mm lab grown sapphires. A total of 60 gemstones are attached to the silverwork.
The journal is in a ledger format and with dimensions of 41 x 18.5 x 7 cm or 16 x 7.2 x 2.8 inches.