Inside the beautiful new Sarabande Foundation art book

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Although we live in the digital age, consuming the majority of our media through phones and computers, nothing compares to the tangible touch of a book or magazine. This special feeling, from hand to paper, is explored to its full potential in the beautiful new art book Bound Sarabandwhich is coming exclusively to London’s Dover Street Market this week.

Wrapped in traditional Japanese furoshiki style, the hand-bound publication explores the beauty of paper and its vast creative possibilities. The book – which is being published in a limited edition of 100 copies – features works by 36 artists who have been supported by the Sarabande Foundation, which was launched by Lee Alexander McQueen in 2006 to support emerging artists and designers. Not two Leap the books are exactly the same, although each includes a range of carved, cut, embossed, perforated, hand painted, embroidered and dyed artwork.

Interior Highlights Leap include Emma Witter’s transparent windows, which trap crushed bones, flowers and pearls in hypnotic circular patterns; a waving black paper ribbon on a contrasting bright yellow from Aurora Pettinari York; and the floral ink works of Stephen Doherty. The book also features a series of dreamy black and white portraits by Sam Rock and styled by Katy England, which originally appeared in the Fall/Winter 2019 issue of AnOther.

“We challenged our artists to break out of their usual practice and present themselves in unexpected ways,” says Trino Verkade, director of Sarabande. “The result is spellbinding – the completed works of art are utterly unique, both in the art world and in each artist’s distinctive body of work…binding individual works on paper to create a larger work of art, Leap affects the feeling of unity within Sarabande.

Sarabande Bound is available in a limited edition of 100 books from 30 November 2021 at Dover Street Market in London and at www.sarabandefoundation.org.

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