"Crow" by Ted Hughes
This binding has been developed as an attempt to address the problem of using a beautifully bound, decorated book. The reader can feel inhibited in reading the text because of the possibility of marking the leather during inattentive handling.
In "Crow in a Box" the leather cover has been made separately from the text which has a simple binding. It then becomes an object in its own right and can be wrapped around the book, displayed on a shelf, hung on the wall, or just handled for the sheer pleasure of feeling the leather.
The shadows created by the sculpted boards and the simplicity of the curved shapes echo the combination of the elegant and the sinister embodied by the crow. The envelope contains images that were used in the design process, and text on the identification and the symbology of the crow.
"Crow in a Box" is fastened with a simple copper clasp.