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
Date of publication: March 2020
Author: Sigrid Calon
Language: English
Artist: Sigrid Calon
Publisher: Sigrid Calon, Tilburg
Available through: Webshop
Graphic designer: Sigrid Calon (Tilburg)
Lithographer: Sigrid Calon, Tilburg
Printer: Sigrid Calon, Tilburg
Binder: Handboekbinderij Judith van Daal, Dodewaard
Size book block (w x h x d in mm): 160 x 210 x 30
Number of pages: 340
Print run: 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 for interior (grammage): EOS 2.0, 45gsm Ersatz, Igepa, Samsun
Endpapers (grammage): 120gsm Conqueror Contour Brilliant White, Antalis
Material cover (grammage): Brillianta Calandré 34192, L. van Heek Textiles
Special 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