We’re always up for a challenge here, so when a rather interesting project came our way via our friends at the National Justice Museum in Nottingham (formerly Galleries of Justice) we simply couldn’t say no. Their brief required the production of 12 individual giant books (around A2 in size) as part of an exhibition celebrating the life and works of the late playwright Joe Orton, which would also coincide with the 50th anniversary of his death, amongst other notable events.
The books themselves were designed in-house and created from actual copies of the now infamous defaced covers. Cardboard was chosen as the main construction material, mainly for its simple, lightweight properties, with each being cut and creased using our state-of-the-art CNC cutter. The covers were printed onto digital wallpaper that was then wrapped to the outer board whilst the central box had a simulated page effect directly printed to the surface. Gluing and final assembly was all done by hand.
A nice touch to also note are the keyhole cut-outs to the rear of each book. Although these will be totally hidden from view, they will still play an integral part during the installation stage, and will hold all of the books in location for added security.
The finished books will be put on display at the museum for the duration of the event which runs from the 22nd of July 2017.