Having delayed it for as long as possible, we finally had to play slice & dice with 10 copies of the David Sylvian broadside, Uncommon Deities. These ten (numbers 1-10) are being put into a triptych portfolio case, made by Claudia Cohen. Which means that each copy had to be cut into three pieces. As they have already circumnavigated the globe, to be signed by David and Fukui, our hesitancy to cut them up is understandable. We are happy to report that all went well, and the ten copies are packed & ready for delivery to Claudia next week.
These photos are the paper design dummy made up Claudia, using one of the makeready proofs (hence all the scribbling & marks). Closed, the case will measure approximately 6.5 by 12.5 inches. It will be made from thin board covered in cloth (color TBD). The front board has a print of one of Fukui's mushrooms inset. The inner board has a sort-of colophon inset, explaining how & where these 10 copies fall within the total edition of 30. And inside, mounted on the three boards, is the broadside.
However much fun they may be to produce, broadsides can be problematic if one's walls are already fully populated. This portfolio format offers an alternative, allowing one to both store the broadside on a bookshelf, but also keep it easy to access (i.e. as compared to having it packed in a box under the bed). And can also be opened and easily displayed, as a triptych.
Two of the ten copies being cased up will go to David, and two to Fukui. The remainder are HM's, and a couple will be offered for sale. We'll post details here when we know them.