Mayflies of the Driftless Region #1

  • Mayflies of the Driftless Region
  • Wood Engravings by Gaylord Schanilec with Identifications by Clarke Garry
  • Midnight Paper Sales, 2005
  • Book: 235mm x 163mm x 22mm
  • Box: 262mm x 185mm x 45mm
  • Bound in 2011
  • Made for the Designer Bookbinders UK Touring Exhibition
  • Private Collection, UK

Full leather binding in brown goatskin with miscellaneous leather onlays in green, turquoise and cream
The leather is embroidered over the onlays with silk and metallic threads using a variety of embroidery stitches including chain, running, French dots and cable stitch
One gold-plated brass piece inserted through the front book cover and flecks of gold tooling scattered over the whole book
Hand-drawn pattern on the top and bottom edges of the text block and brown paper doublures with acrylic-painted sections and sewn detail
Mahogany box with routed channels holding decorated panels in place
Front and back panels are constructed from frosted acrylic with cut out sections and sewn detail
Printed paper set below the acrylic which is painted and sewn with detail of mayfly wings
Description of Design
The text block consists of thirteen coloured wood engravings and scientific identifications of different species of mayflies found in the Driftless Region of Wisconsin, USA.
I started by looking at images of mayflies, and more specifically their wings, as I liked the structured yet random pattern made by them. I felt embroidery would lend itself well to representing the mayfly in my design, enabling me to show the delicate forms of the wings.
The box was made in layers to try and give the impression of wings floating on water. The frosted perspex was chosen as I liked the way it changed opacity when looking at it from different angles.