Sigrid Calon


Within the Grid and Beyond the Pattern. 120 Compositions in Form & Colour

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From the matching sticker, the refined double binding thread to the choice of paper, this is an gift-wrapped artwork in book form. Clearly a more in-depth follow-up to Sigrid Calon’s 2012 book: also a Best Dutch Book Design, which naturally raised the question of whether this should once again be included in the selection. The answer to which had to be an unreserved yes. Because, imagine the incredible organisation needed to make this book: not only for Calon’s superb Riso artistry, but also for the great manual binding. A festival of printing from her complex set of shapes. Yet also modest and without excessive show.

In spite of the limited means used in terms of design language, and the production on her own machines, this book transcends the work of craft bookmakers. What could so easily have just become a stack of bound sheets, now has the feel of a real book. In addition, the typography is very strong, and is carried through into details such as the sticker placed on the wrapping paper (in which the book is sent). In the cleverly made index of shapes, the minimal pressure deviation is proof that this artist has used all her experience to once again produce a world-class Riso publication.

Edition: 2020
Release date: March 2020
Language: English
Artist: Sigrid Calon
Publisher: Sigrid Calon, Tilburg
Available through: Webshop
Designer: Sigrid Calon (Tilburg)
Lithographer: Sigrid Calon, Tilburg
Printer: Sigrid Calon, Tilburg
Binder: Handboekbinderij Judith van Daal, Dodewaard
Dimensions: 160 x 210 x 30
Amount of pages: 340
Number of copies: 750
Price: € 145
Font and foundry: SI_GRID (Sigrid Calon)
Binding style: Swiss-style cut-flush binding, transparently glued-off spine (cold glue), linen over 2.25 mm greyboard; dust jacket printed on one side
Paper interior: EOS 2.0, 45gsm Ersatz, Igepa, Samsun
Paper end papers: 120gsm Conqueror Contour Brilliant White, Antalis
Cover material: Brillianta Calandré 34192, L. van Heek Textiles
Dust jacket material: 100gsm EOS 2.0, Igepa
Other technical features: Printed on two-colour Risograph printer (MZ1070E) using six standard colours (yellow, fluorescent orange, fluorescent pink, red, gold and black) and two specially created colours (blue and green); gold foil (KURZ Luxor® 428) embossing on band; dust jacket has extra transparent screen-printed layer for protection; book block sewn with white and orange threads