Pierced vellum binding, designs tooled and cut into the vellum to reveal brightly colored boards, title and tooling in gold and metallic foils. Design utilizes the repetition of a few limited geometric elements. The letters of the title, parallel tooled lines, and circles punched into the vellum create a dynamic composition with asymmetrical boards uniting in a symmetrical whole. Each letter will be tooled half in gold and half in magenta, the tooled lines and colored shapes creating a vibrant effect offset against the smooth white vellum. The challenge of executing a design binding on De imitatione Christi lies in creating a modern design with a traditional sensibility, a spiritual binding in which the decoration balances beauty with severity.
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