Diana Scherer – Nurture Studies

Book coverDiana Scherer – Nurture Studies
Book coverDiana Scherer – Nurture Studies
Book coverDiana Scherer – Nurture Studies
Book coverDiana Scherer – Nurture Studies

Diana Scherer’s photo project comprises an unusual collection of flowers and their roots, roots that carry each bouquet like natural pots and vases and in so doing allow us to discern the remanent forms of the actual pots and vases in which they once grew.

The collection is presented with such sophistication and subtlety that leafing through this book we are swept up in a sense that here we are dealing with something very special. Beautifully done.

The book is bound in the Japanese style, in a sober, earth-coloured, structured board, a reference to rough earthenware flowerpots. The binding thread is reminiscent of the now visible finely structured roots.

This cover and its contrast with the delicate interior of the book found favour with most of the panel, but there was also some dissent, principally regarding the vertical bar with the title. Horizontal wouldn’t have worked, but was there actually any need for a title there in the first place? But a detail like that – even if it is on the cover – pales into insignificance in the presence of so many other more than convincing design choices.

Edition: 2012
Language: English
Publisher / commissioner: Van Zoetendaal Publishers, Amsterdam
Designer: Willem van Zoetendaal
Lithographer: Harold Strak (digital imaging), NPN Drukkers, Breda
Printer: NPN Drukkers, Breda
Binder: Agia & Lith, Amsterdam
Dimensions: 220 x 280 x 11
Amount of pages: 128 p.
Number of copies: 800
Price: € 35
ISBN: 978 90 72532 19 0
Binding style: knotted in the Japanese style with double thread
Material: 150gsm GardaPat 13 Kiara, 82gsm Curious Translucents Clear (interior), 244gsm Leathac 80 Tsumugi, grayish brown (cover)