Title

Fool's gold

DOI

10.17077/etd.149qg5xu

Document Type

Thesis

Date of Degree

Spring 2018

Degree Name

MFA (Master of Fine Arts)

Degree In

Book Arts

First Advisor

Julia Alexander Leonard

First Committee Member

Sara Langworthy

Second Committee Member

Julie Smith

Third Committee Member

Giselle Simon

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Artists Books, Book Art, Fairy Tales, Fore-Edge Painting, Gilding, Treasure Binding

Pages

v, 29 pages

Bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (page 29).

Copyright

Copyright © 2018 Nicole Cotten

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