Wednesday, October 31, 2007

25 Bookplates: Dedication

My book is dedicated to Brian North Lee (1936-2007). Many readers will be familiar with his books; others can find out about this remarkable man from an obituary.

Brian was the first person to write seriously about my bookplates in "Contemporary International Ex-Libris Artists Volume 3", Portugal 2004. He encouraged me to work to improve my lettering which is still the subject of much of my effort. I was gathering together a group of recent work to send to him when I heard about his death. I regret not being able to show him the fruits of my labours.

I had already engraved the lettering on the block but was not sure how to finish the image so I let the block sit on the shelf above my computer for a couple of weeks. In the end, I decided to engrave a single lily, sweeping round under the lettering and emerging from the frame.

Here is the final result as it is printed in "25 Bookplates":


Anonymous said...

That's lovely, Andy. So apt.

insatsuya said...

yes well done title piece, thanks

Planet Janet said...

It's a beautiful and appropriate engraving. I'm sorry for the loss of your friend.

Penguin & Fish said...

Your bookplate project looks like it's just going to be gorgeous when it's complete. I'm so happy that I found your blog. I'm very interested in woodcut printing but I've never done it before. It's really great to see your process.