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Portmeirion by Leslie Gerry & Robin Llywelyn
Portmeirion is the extraordinary Italianate village created by the architect and town-planner Clough Williams-Ellis on a remote peninsula in North Wales.
The double-spread images in Portmeirion brilliantly capture its architectural eccentricities in a pageant of colour created by the artist in the form of a series of seven original prints drawn on an electronic tablet, a technique he has exploited that is in many ways the successor to the Jean Berte and pochoir processes in that it achieves its effects by superimposing layers of flat colour on top of one another.
Clough's grandson, Robin Llywelyn, who spent much of his childhood at Portmeirion, provides a vivid and concise commentary on each scene, tracing the development of the village from its beginnings in 1925 and describes how Clough put 'fallen buildings', rescued from demolition before and after the war, to brilliantly creative use in his uniquely bizarre concept of Portmeirion.
The images are printed by the artist on Somerset mould-made paper, and the text, on alternate openings, is set in 24-point Caslon and printed on a heavyweight Zerkall chamois geglattet mould-made paper in a threadless zig-zag binding.
This limited edition consists of 350 copies in total:
290 copies are bound in decorated papers over boards, in a slipcase (select Version 1 from the drop-down list above)
60 copies are similarly bound, with a set of signed prints of the images, two additional prints, and a 2 x 3 ft poster of one of the images, all in a 12 x 16 in. solander box covered in a decorated paper based on images of Portmeirion (select Version 2 from the drop-down list above)
Images: Printed on Somerset mould-made paper
Text: Set in 24-point Calson and printed on a heavyweight Zerkall chamois geglattet mould-made paper
Publisher: Whittington Press
Edition: 1st Edition (2008)
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