A Handmade Letterpress Book : Le Chat

  • Handmade Book 
    2014, Ecole Estienne Paris - orientation: Prof. Michael Caine


  • This project was developed as part of the Atelier "LEG - Laboratoire d'Expérimentation Graphique" (Graphic Experimentation Lab) at the Estienne Design School in Paris.

    Each student has the opportunity to develop an unique and entirely handmade book using a short text as base. My choosen one was "The Cat" (Le Chat) published in 1857 by the poet Charles Baudelaire. This text, originally part of the book "Les Fleurs du Mal" (The Flowers of Evil) was my first readen text in French. I was 12 years old and found the book in the library. I was intrigued by the title and translated word-by-word using a dictionary.

    The body was composed using original metal typos of different sizes of the "EUROPA" font family. A digital version was designed by swiss designer  Fabian Leuenberger in 2011. The sub-titles, colophon and signature were composed in Garamond 24pt. 

    All the papers were found with love a little here and there in Paris: Rougier&Plé (yellow,purple and blue), Le Géant des Beaux Arts (turquoise, cardboards) et L'Art du Papier (checkered pattern).

    Ps: I ommited my favourite part of the poem, because I like it better in portuguese. Can you find it? =)

  • The ancient-gold color was composed using a mix of magenta + gold.
    The purples are composed of magenta and deep blue.


    A Little Making-of:

  • This project would not be possible without the orientation of the teacher M.Michael Caine and the very precious company of all my Erasmus friends, specially Elena Suzuki and Macarena Vega. Thanks a lot!
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