Paper Work

Barcelona, 2019
Personal Project, Illustration

 

Red square on a blue triangle. Yellow circle over a grey rectangle. 

Paper Work is an alphabet book consisting of 36 hand-made creative and artistic booklets of tear-out papers. As a tribute to the work of Bruno Munari, it is inspired by his series Libri Illegibili, which plays with cut coloured sheets.

Throughout the pages, the letters and numbers unveil themselves with shapes and colours, as lines and curves interact with each other. The characters appear and disappear in the succession and superposition of cut-out sheets, “writing” themselves with simple geometric forms. The ensemble comes together to compose an alphabet made of a variation of 7 vivid and bold tones.

A book with no words, we guess and create each letter and number. It is not meant to be read, but to be seen, felt and interacted with.

Paper Work is a typographical experimentation. Looking for harmony and rhythm through basic geometry to design letters and numbers, the clarity of the type is influenced by the colour used for each part of the character. By manipulating shades and minimal forms, we visually explore the limits of legibility.

Combining colour, paper, handcraft and typography, this artist’s book symbolises the essence of what we love and aim to do at VELKRO.

Photography Leo García Mendez