Unsupported link stitch with a Fraynot hinge attachment. Full alum tawed goatskin with recessed front and back boards. Inlaid into the boards; an old enamelled watch face, cogs and semi-precious stones. Foil tooling. Black Chieftain goat feathered onlays. Silk sewn headbands. Acrylic washed edges with foil tooling. Leather jointed endpapers and edge-to-edge doublures. The paper has been printed and foil tooled.
“Oh, do not believe this Nevsky Prospect! ……Everything is deception, everything is a dream, everything is not what it seems to be.”
This quote kick started the inspiration for this binding, it opened the door to anything goes.
I used the underlying theme of time, which is peppered throughout the tale, interwoven with finery, opulence, beauty and wonder.
I relied on the fragility of the Alum tawed goat’s surface: creases, imperfections and purity to amplify the rhinestone’s sparkle. To create a starkness and delicate beauty at the same time.