Stone Eight: Copy no.68 'Mossy Phyllite'
Completed March 2005


Binding • 28 x 20.5 x 2
Boards comprised of folding layers of different-coloured handmade papers pressed hard and straight- at edges to reveal formation in cross airbrushed with colour, sealed, and dusted with mica. The split boards and doublures trap the spine which is further secured with stained linen resembling iron pyrite studs through boards doublures. These are textured by heavy pressing the cover boards before assembling, and airbrushed fade gradually towards the book block. Head coloured and part-gilded reflecting the main colouring. Silk head and tail bands to blend with each end. of padded velvet brushed with colour.

Slip (inner) • 30 x 22 x 2
The inner slip has a structure of textured, laminated layers, matched to the book boards. The solid rounded spine holds that of the book which, in turn, fits into the outer box's concealed curved spine area. The overlapping flap slots over an iron pyrite stud of stained millboard and paper laminates, with two small peg studs fitting into complementing holes.

Case (outer)
• 37 x 24.5 x 5.7/6.6

The asymmetrical outer case is built to stand at a jutting angle; textured and worked with acrylic and casein tempera colours. The Celtic strapwork cross is in low bas-relief of layers of paper; the iron pyrite shapes are impressed and inlaid. The lined interior is padded and covered with velvet which overlaps the edges in places at the irregular foredge, and inserted at the spine fissures.


On the hills above our house greenish grey rocks jut perilously from their foundations, cleft in straight lines and sharp angles. Their moss-filled fissures and lichen covered surfaces soften and add colour to their sombre tilting forms. One day I found a long forgotten cetlic carving on a rock half hidden by tussocks and bracken, its face daubed with a pale lichen. The rock is phyllite (from the Greek phyllos meaning leaf ), which unlike slate is often undulatory. It seemed obvious to infer the parallels of a book and its case with the blocks and crevices of the rocks, and to allude to their off-balance leanings. The iron pyrite studs occurred in a particular outcrop suggested a practical solution to ensuring that the trapped velvet joints of the binding would remain firmly embedded, whilst the rounded, padded spine crept between the two faces like the mossy ridges in cracks.


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