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By Paul Watson on .

The purpose of this blog is to document the progress of the Book of the Erinyes, a handbound limited edition artist’s book.

Fragments of text will provide a disjointed partial narrative to the artwork rather than being an illustrated story. The text, written in the style of a late 19th century apocalyptic text transcribed by an opium addict, presents an incomplete narrative giving tantalising insights into the artwork.

The text will be composited and printed using old-style movable lead type on a Letterpress machine at the open access fine art print workshops run by Brighton Independent Printmakers, so it will have an unevenness that you don’t get with word-processed type, reminiscent of turn-of-the-century printing. Each page will be high quality thick artists’ paper, to give it a great tactile æsthetic.

The Book of the Erinyes draws influences from ancient myths, the growing tradition of artist’s books and altered books, graphic novels, the underground popularity of Letterpress printmaking, and authors such as Jorge Luis Borges and Gene Wolfe.