Date of Degree
MFA (Master of Fine Arts)
Julia Alexander Leonard
First Committee Member
Second Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Fool’s Gold is a collection of handmade books that illustrate selected Grimms’ fairy tales and offer an unexpected interpretation of the actions of the heroes. Each book displays a unique cover decoration, inspired by medieval European treasure bindings. Treasure bindings incorporate dimensional decorative elements such as gems, gold or other metalwork and often depict Christ's suffering. In a similar way, Fool's Gold beautifies the suffering of the protagonists using gold leaf, glass beads and lush illustrations. A traditional hidden fore-edge painting technique is used to reveal more scenes from each story. When the pages are fanned opened, the fore-edge paintings display the gruesome revenge the perceived heroes take upon the villains.
Artists Books, Book Art, Fairy Tales, Fore-Edge Painting, Gilding, Treasure Binding
v, 29 pages
Includes bibliographical references (page 29).
Copyright © 2018 Nicole Cotten
Cotten, Nicole. "Fool's gold." MFA (Master of Fine Arts) thesis, University of Iowa, 2018.