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© 20 Etching illustrations,
calligraphy and bookbinding
by Diana Bychkova.
Years of creation: 2006 – 2009
Book size: 27 x 40 cm
Language of original book (calligraphy on the pages): Russian
In an attachment: brochure with translation into English / Italian
Translation into Italian by Barbara Delfino
Translation into English by Dixie Adam, editing by Olena Leskova [www.arielletranslations.com]
This is the limited edition of art book, published in 10 numbered and signed copies plus 3 out-of-commerce copies. The book contains Oleg Prihodko’s fairy tale for adults and 20 original etchings on zinc, hand printed by the artist for each copy of the book on a chalcographic press on Hahnemuhle paper.
The process of engraving the zinc plates, with 15-20-25 layers of etching for each illustration, was long and absorbing but it permitted me to achieve various shades of greys and blacks, which fill the composition with either almost unnoticeable signs, like the spider’s web, or with thick and black lines that keep the contrast of the entire picture.
The search for the best way to arrange the written parts of the book led me to the decision to write the fairy tale by hand in a specially designed font, linking elements of Slavic ancient calligraphy with my handwriting, as well as adding graphic-design elements to the book pages.
I made a careful choice of which paper to use.
The book binding was created from natural beige leather, previously worked to reach the necessary thickness and softness. The book headbands were sewed from two-tone Iris threads. The applications on the cover reflect the calligraphy from the title page, creating a resonance with the content of the book, and their colours add shades to the colour of the leather.
The brochure with the translation was designed in such a way that a reader can compare the translated parts of the text with the original edition by following the corresponding page numbers and indications that appear on the brochure margins.
Sales and collections:
Book n. II/X joins the collection of the Biblioteca Civica Antonio Arduino in Moncalieri, Italy.
Book n. VI/X is in a private collection in Milan.
Book n. VII/X is displayed in the permanent exhibition at the Contemporary Museum of Calligraphy in Moscow, Russia.
Book n. IX/X is in the collection of the Library in Soultz (France).
Book n. 1/3 out-of-commerce is in a private collection in Kiev, Ukraine.
Publications and awards:
2008 – won an etching award “Sandro e Marialuisa Angelini”, Bergamo, Italy. A copy of the etching joins the collection at the Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art Academy of Carrara in Bergamo.
2008 – publication in the journal “Illustrator”, London, United Kingdom.
2009 – a copy of the art book has been displayed in the Museum of Printing in Lodi, Italy.
2009 – publication in the historical journal of graphics and art Grafica d’Arte, Journal of Ancient and Modern History of Engraving, edited by Paolo Bellini, supplement n.78, June 2009, p.6-7, Milan, Italy.
2010 – awarded with a diploma at the International Festival of Calligraphy, Velikiy Novgorod, Russia. Conduct a master class “The symbolism in book illustration”.
2010 – won a gold medal and personal exhibition at the Graphic’s Competition “Cesare Frigerio”, Corsico, Italy.
Bookbinding with the protective box and the brochure on the back cover
Brochure with a translation (English or Italian can be chosen), it is inserted on the back cover of the bookbinding
Bookbinding Ex Libris, 7x7 cm
Bookbinding Title page with an etching
Bookbinding Some of the pages with etching illustrations, calligraphy and graphic elements: