Mayflies of the Driftless Region #2

  • Mayflies of the Driftless Region #2
  • Wood Engravings by Gaylord Schanilec with Identifications by Clarke Garry
  • Midnight Paper Sales, 2005
  • Book: 235mm x 163mm x 22mm
  • Box: 262mm x185mm x 45mm
  • Bound in 2014
  • Collection of Keith Adams, UK
  • (NB. An article has been written for the 'Bookbinder', issue 28, on this binding. This is due to be published at the start of 2015)

Full leather binding in teal goatskin with miscellaneous leather onlays in green, turquoise, blue, grey and cream
The leather is embroidered over the onlays with silk and metallic threads using a variety of embroidery stitches including chain, running, French knots, couching and whipping stitches
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 with gold foiled tooled specks
Tracing paper endpapers with pierced sections, showing coloured papers and acrylic-painted areas behind
Blue paper doublures with acrylic-painted sections, sewn detail and gold foiled tooling
Tulip wood 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
Title drilled and sewn through the acrylic
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.