Henk Wildschut

Rooted

This urgent book by Henk Wildschut is his third to deal with refugees and migrants. The book is about the hope, solace and dignity refugees find by creating micro gardens in the usually bleak surroundings of their temporary abodes. This showcases the level of mastery attained by Wildschut and designer Robin Uleman in photography, design and execution. The images of plants and small plots of protected soil in the desolate context of a refugee camp represent domesticity and longing for something to hold onto in an uncertain world. The connection between the various plants, places and situations is made in a highly effective way by alternating pages of two different lengths. This means the image on the page below is able to contribute to the image on the spread above it: an extremely natural, convincing effect. The same effect is achieved by different means on the jacket: folded in the American style – inwards at the top and outwards at the bottom – here too this creates a connection between the photos on each side of the paper. The cover, sewn in with the book block under this jacket (in Muskat Brown and black) offers a pleasant contrast and the coarse screen used works almost like a trellis. A highly controlled, painstaking book in terms of design, concept and execution. The jury’s verdict was unanimous.

Edition: 2019
Release date: June 2019
Language: English
Translator: Vic Joseph
Final editor: Robin Uleman, Vic Joseph
Picture editor: Robin Uleman, Henk Wildschut
Photographer: Henk Wildschut
Publisher / commissioner: Henk Wildschut, Amsterdam
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Designer: Robin Uleman (Amsterdam)
Lithographer: Marc Gijzen, Voorburg
Printer: NPN Drukkers, Breda
Binder: Patist, Den Dolder
Dimensions: 190 x 255 x 12
Amount of pages: 152
Number of copies: 750
Price: € 39
ISBN: 978 90 825885 1 4
Font and foundry: New Century Schoolbook STD (Adobe)
Binding style: Sewn softcover with front and back cover of four pages sewn in, dust jacket over transparently glued-off spine
Paper interior: 120gsm Munken Lynx Rough, Antalis
Cover material: 290gsm Muskat Brown, Igepa
Dust jacket material: 120gsm Wibalin Buckram 500 White, Winter & Company
Other technical features: Some pages are 16 mm shorter at the tail. The book block consists of two types of sections (8 pages each) each folded in a different way and alternating, which contributes to a varied rhythm between the normal and the shorter pages. The book block and binding are cut flush at the head, front and tail. Printing is in CMYK and Pantone Green. The dust jacket is folded in the American style: the head is folded inside, the tail is folded outside. The cover is printed in black and then twice more in opaque white.