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  • Five books – one box - Handmade foldout box with embossed text on cover 
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  • Five books – one box - Navy leather cover of handmade Limp Leather binding 
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  • Five books – one box - Handmade limp leather book written by Irish novelist Mia Gallagher 
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  • Five books – one box - Handmade accordion book in customised box 
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  • Five books – one box - Handmade handscroll binding with grey ribbon tie 
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  • Five books – one box - Handmade handscroll binding with printed text 
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  • Five books – one box - Artist's book with words about libraries 
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  • Five books – one box - handmade origami book 
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  • Five books – one box - handmade origami book with essay and survey printed inside 
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  • Five books – one box - Handmade custom box with sections 
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  • Five books – one box - 5 handmade books displayed open in handmade box 
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Five books – one box

  • — Foldout box with embossed title
  • — Mix of modern & historical bindings
  • — Colours matched to Goethe Institut brand

This custom-made box was commissioned by the Goethe Institut Irland  to commemorate a conference it hosted in Dublin on ‘Future Libraries’. This conference was attended by librarians, writers, academics and others, to discuss and imagine what a library could be. As part of the event, they commissioned several people, including Irish novelist Mia Gallagher, to respond to the theme.

I wanted to create something that would capture the past and also the future of books, reflecting this somehow in the piece. I decided to create a highly interactive fold-out box that draw the viewer in. There are five texts in this box: three of them are historical bindings – a handscroll, a limp leather binding and an accordion book; the other two are very modern/futuristic bindings – an origami star book and a flexagon book. All of them fit snugly into this custom-made box, which is covered using the official Goethe Institut colours.
I was excited and honoured to hear that this piece will be the first book in the new Goethe Institut library on Merrion Square in Dublin. Here is a video of the box and books, showing how it opens out.

Below is a video of the flexagon artist’s book. This book is a collection of words gathered at the conference on the theme of ‘Future Libraries’. It has hidden panels which rotate and change, depending on how you open each page.

 

 


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