Rimantas Dūda. Jaano Kaplinskio knygos įrišimas,
Rimantas Dūda. Michelio Foucault "Seksualumo istorijos
įrišimas Oda, 22 x 15, 2000
Aušra Petroškienė. Knygos įrišimas
Oda, akrilas, aklasis spaudas, 22 x 23, 1990
Aušra Vaitiekūnaitė. Michelio Foucault "Seksualumo
Oda, anilinas, varis, žalvaris, aklasis spaudas, 25 x 14,3, 2000
Žimantė Žindulienė. Dienoraščiai "Gyvenimo kontrastai.
Oda, inkrustacija, 29,6 x 15,5, 1999
Leather Attire of the Book
by Roma Survilienė
A new phenomenon
on Lithuanian art scene, the artists book or the authors
book, emerged in the 1990s marked by a number of events, beginning
with the first show of the artists book in 1991, then growing
into international triennials and symposiums held in Lithuania, the
III of which took place in Vilnius at the end of 2001.
The concept of the artists book (versus industrial or amateur
binding) implies that it is a unique method of bookbinding and cover
design, the two aspects form a uniform style, yet with the emphasis
on the structure.
Historically, bookbinding art is as ancient as the book itself. Over
the centuries, the technical aspect of bookbinding was improving, and
the artistic one grew in sophistication through the use of expensive
materials. Since the early Mediaeval times, leather became a popular
bookbinding material. With printing of books, bookbinding art and craft
split apart; so did artistic and industrial bookbinding. The Arts
& Crafts movement revived an almost dying out bookbinding
tradition; today the leaders in the field are England, France and Germany.
Deplorably, Lithuania (In contrast to Estonia: most of Lithuanians specializing
in leather are alumni of Estonian Art Academy) to date has no highest
education school to teach the craft. The determination and efforts of
the artists to have a specialized course in Vilnius Art Academy so far
gave no results. An alternative could be private schools, workshops
and courses doing more in this field.
The III bookbinding symposium not only did bring together all artists
working in leather, but also aspired to look at the history of bookbinding
in the country and its current situation. The results of the workshop
demonstrated that Lithuanian artists are stronger in décor techniques,
yet there is little variety in binding methods.
Though off the mainstream, contemporary artistic bookbinding is a unique
domain of art continuing the ancient craft and aspiring to reflect modern
life and texts.