Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Francoise Lison-Leroy, Collette Nys-Mazure (texts) and Camille Chevrillon (drawing), Encore un quart d'heure [Another quarter of an hour], Esperluete Editions: Noville-sur-Mehaigne, Belqium, 2012, reprinted 2016

This is an absolutely adorable accordion that takes as its theme the often heard plea from young children begging their parents to let them have "another quarter of an hour" to play!  Each page imagines a different, and often humorous activity that could be done in this short space of time. But it's the beautiful pencil drawing by Camille Chervrillon that really captivates and charms, as it weaves higgledy-piggledy throughout the length of this almost 11ft accordion book. I can well understand why this version is a reprint of the 2012 original, since many people must have fallen under its wonderful spell!

29 pages, single-sided, each page 6.5" (h) x 4.5" (w), and when fully open 10ft 10.5".  Available from: http://esperluete.be/

front and back covers

Ben Sanair, Going to Japan, La General Minerale: Avignon, France, 2018

This is a really fun 2-color screen printed accordion in which Ben Sanair documents, in words and images, a trip to Japan he made at the end of 2017. While in Tokyo, Sanair attends the opening of a show of his art work at the legendary bookstore Taco Ché, as well as playing a gig with the experimental Japanese band, Kuro Pipe. This accordion really communicates Sanair's excitement at being in this new country as he records his encounters with the unique features of Japanese culture.  

Ben Sanair is based in Avignon, France, where with his partner, Julie Big, they run a cool print studio called La Generale Minerale [http://www.lageneraleminerale.net/] - check it out!

Each page 5.5" (h) x 3.5" (w), 36 pages one-sided, when fully opened 10' 6".

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