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Occupied by Colour: Putting the Palette to Work.
Vancouver, British Columbia Heavenly Monkey Editions 2012 Limited Edition of thirty copies, of which this is one of eight copies comprising the 'deluxe' edition. Quarto. 44pp, completely illustrated. Bound in full leather, with colored leather onlays, gilt and blind tooling on the front and back covers, and spine. A Fine copy, as New, housed in a custom drop-back box (the spine with a gilt-tooled leather label running the length of the box) which contains extra elements which include samples of cloth, yarn, hair, and a prism, set into a special compartment. An extraordinary work, the third in a series of such undertakings achieved by the authors/artists. // "We became fascinated by colour occupations when we realized how many diverse jobs, such as house painter, ornithologist, geologist, architect and printer, depended on colour specifyers...." In the present work, the authors pursue this theme by means of illustrating the variety of occupations with their own original contributions (hand-colouring by means of watercolor, gouache, and hand-ground and applied raw pigments) as well as tip-ins of period 'ephemera' (such as color sample chips, cloth samples, color charts, etc). An extraordinary work, and fully subscribed upon publication. // Of the thirty copies in the edition, 8 were reserved to be issued in the deluxe format. The main differences are the binding (full leather with color onlays and extra gilt) and the presence of unique material - an extra original work by Barbara, titled 'colour analyzer' (ours is copy #2). This copy has a 10 x 10 grid of hand-coloured 1/4" chips/squares, a "detail of Louise Moillon's 'Still Life of a Bowl of plums' ca. 1633". The hand-written colophon on the verso of this example reads: "Colour Analyzer/ Each of the first eight copies of 'Occupied by Colour' includes/ a unique exercise in colour analysis as established by/ Emily Noyes Vanderpoel, author of 'Color Problems; 1901./ In this idiosyncratic work, Vanderpoel analyzed such/ objects as vases, mummy cloths and kimonos by reducing/ their colours into one hundred squares of essential hues. / For our examples we have applied Vanderpoel's approach/ to work by Klee, Ingres, Bellini, Vermeer, Delaunay, Turner,/ Moillon, Allori and by anonymous masters of the icon/ and of Pompeiian and Egyptian wall painting. The/ resulting mosaics allow the viewer to consider the/ colour composition free of content and form./ ~ Barbara Hodgson.| "As a counterpoint to After Image's exploration of colour at play, the third volume in the series is devoted to colour at work. The colourful aspects of each of 17 occupations, including architect, optical scientist, printer, dyer (of fabrics and paper), ophthalmologist and chemist, are presented through a brief essay and illustrative examples: silks threads dyed with crushed bugs, an interpretation of Le Corbusier's colour clavier, paint samples and hair swatches. Occupied By Colour is standard in size (7 x 8.5 inches, 45 pp.) and overall design (conceived by Barbara and set in Fournier, bound by Claudia with leather and paste paper, boxed with various accessory items, including an equilateral prism) with the first two volumes. This, however, is the first volume in the series to actually be printed (on dampened Arches paper) by Rollin Milroy with the handpress at Heavenly Monkey. This resulted in the sheets emerging from the studio at a much slower pace than the volumes that were printed on David Clifford's Heidelberg, but it was a pace closer to that at which Barbara was able to then complete the extensive amount of painting, embellishing and construction required for each copy. " ~ from the publisher.
      [Bookseller: Wessel & Lieberman]
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