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Wastepaper masterpieces: Dust jacket design at the Hogarth Press.

Lelkes, Jenny (2015) Wastepaper masterpieces: Dust jacket design at the Hogarth Press. In: ​Livres d'Artistes: The Artist's Book in Theory and Practice, 4-6 December 2015, Cardiff University.

Type of Research: Conference, Symposium or Workshop Item
Creators: Lelkes, Jenny

The presentation examined the dust jacket as an medium through which the printed book can function as a fully autonomous artwork.

The Hogarth Press, the private press established by Virginia and Leonard Woolf in 1917, was often noted and derided for the eye-catching and unconventional dust jacket designs it commissioned. This presentation, however, explored how both the Press’ pictorial and typographical dust jackets engaged with different artistic theories and social hegemonies to elevate the aesthetic properties of the medium of the book.

Lelkes briefly charted the history of the dust jacket from its humble origins as a protective covering to its eventual development into a sophisticated advertising tool. In addition she considered how this device can contribute towards the aesthetic properties of the book by discussing it in terms of functional beauty, as a visual act of translation, and an embodiment of modernist marketing practices.

Using the Hogarth Press as a case study, this presentation contextualised its interest and involvement in book aesthetic, and how its experiments with colourful binding materials between 1917 and 1922 fed directly into dust jacket designs.

Lelkes discussed examples of pictorial and typographical dust jackets the Hogarth Press commissioned and produced between 1922 and 1946. Whilst some of the Press’ celebrity designers will be discussed, lesser known designers or anonymously designed dust jackets show the aesthetic diversity of the Press.

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Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: Hogarth Press.
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Date: December 2015
Event Location: Cardiff University
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2017 10:35
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2017 10:35
Item ID: 12116
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/12116

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