I have created these wonderful traditional paste papers for bookbinding or framed art. Paste papers or Herrnhuter papers in Germany are centuries old technique of creating decorative papers by applying coloured paste onto a sheet of paper and patterns or textures are created by direct embossing, stamping or combing with various apparatus. You can buy direct from me or check out right away on my www.studiorobertwu.etsy.com shop. Robert@studioRobertWu.com for direct orders. 416. 927 1367. Custom colours and patterns and wholesale enquiries are welcomed!
A beautiful Hawaiian album constructed by me entirely from scratch. The 38 vintage photos of Hawaii were washed and removed from an old album that was falling apart and the papers were extremely acidic. I washed, removed and flattened and mounted them on beautiful thick paper with deckled edges. Title pages and colophon were also created and laid out by me. The album is bound in forest green goatskin leather with inset panel of leather collage depicting Hawaii Diamond Head volcano and its lush shoreline in the 19th century. Housed in a red cloth covered folding box lined with moire. The finished album measures 12" x 16". For Contact Editions of Toronto.
Mao's little red book. Just finished this commissioned binding. It's bound in red morocco leather with various colour leather onlays. All three edges gilt with gauffering. Handsewn silk headbands in red black yellow. Cover tooling in 18k gold and colour foil. Inside cover with sunken yellow suede and cork flyleaves. Endpapers with marbled paper in red and yellow and gold by me as well. Housed in a red cloth bound folding box lined with yellow suede. Book dimension: 5" x 4" closed.
Design concept: Red soldiers marching on with little red books in hand and flags forming the black mountain like silhouette....Mao is depicted as the rising sun in the background.
For Justin Schiller Rare Books USA
Just finished this commissioned binding for Fisher Rarebook Library of University of Toronto. The book is about it's former director Richard Landon. The design of the binding is inspired by the library's extraordinary interior. (it's ceiling, floor and elevation plans). The binding is bound in Fine Morocco goatskin and inside lined with suede and cork paper. Marbled flyleaves are made by me. Handsewn silk headbands in yellow and red. All edges colored in brown with gold sprinkles. Toolings done in 22k and 18k gold leaves and foils. Housed in a linen box lined with red suede as well. The finished binding measures 9" x 5 1/2". Collection: Thomas Fisher Rarebook Library.
Well known New York based book collector Neale Albert has just published a sumptuous book about his miniature Shakespeare design bindings. The book illustrates numerous fabulous art bindings in full colours that accompany his upcoming exhibition this year at New York Grolier Club from March to May, and then at Yale Center for British Art from June to August. I am happy to say that Neale has chosen my binding for him on the front cover of the book. It's such a honour. You can order your copy of this big book from Yale University Press or Amazon.com
Bound in blue goatskin. Colour leather onlays and gold/blind tooling with surface gilding. Edges sprinkled with 3 colour silk headbands. Marbled endpaper in grey bouquet by Robert Wu as well. Housed in a olive green clamshell box lined with elephant paper. Design concept: I want to show David's life as a bookseller and how books enrich his life . Can anyone see the city skyline formed by the books on the bookshelves in the background? The hidden message is this.... Books are David's life and he built his "empire" or city with books. Books are his life.
Tempest Tost by Robertson Davies. Designed and Bound by Robert Wu, 2015. This is a commissioned binding and it's been 2 years in the making and finally it's finished! Bound with the finest French morocco leather in dark violet. 3 edges decorated with dark blue colour and white/yellow sprinkles. Handsewn silk headbands in pink yellow and blue. Cover decorated with various coloured leather onlays and tooled in colour pigments and gold leaves and foils. Endpapers are handmarbled by the binder as well. Box bound in linen and lined with my own marbled paper. Book Dimension: 5 3/8" x 8"
Artisan Ontario, run by artisan Dan Taylor and Susan did a wonderful feature about me and my work...check it out here....
Just finished another miniature binding on a book published by me 10 years ago. "Poems & Drawings" written, illustrated and published by Robert Wu of Little Gem Press, Toronto, 2004. The binding is a commission for a collector in the US. Designed and bound by Robert Wu 2014, Toronto in a stylized lily of the valley. Book measures 1" x 1 1/2" only.