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Temples of Venus, a book within a book that is a crucial
element in the plot, shown as page proofs with crop marks, color
bars and other printer's elements to enhance the sense of reality
without resorting to photographs of an actual book.
by Lisa Hamilton
Collection of Virginia Christine Wexler
early version of the cover, made of papel amate on boards, varnished
with acrylic sealer for a leather-like effect, with a title
label printed with an inkjet on papel amate. This has a decidely
rustic look, as Cancun was still a remote destination, and I
had to invent my own techniques of book-binding because I was
unable to obtain any references.
came up with an adhesive-bound text block reinforced with cords
cut into slots in the spine and embedded in the cover boards.
I later learned that this is a standard method. Almost all commercial
hard cover books are now adhesive bound, rather than sewn in
signatures. The process is said to result in books that are
more durable than sewn books, because modern adhesives will
outlast traditional book-sewing materials.
The Temples of Venus
created the illustration digitally in Picture Publisher using
a full-color photograph from the British edition of Cosmopolitan
as a reference. The result is so different from the original
that it just barely qualifies as a derivative work, but it will
be replaced in the final edition by one of my own works.