Reader’s Fragment

16.5 x 5.5 x 0.8cm
Marion Smith RSA

READER’S FRAGMENT is an exquisitely designed and crafted small bronze from this sculptor equally renowned for her large scale, permanent outdoor work.  It is the result of a commission the sculptor undertook in 2017 for an arts and heritage learning programme in East Dunbartonshire called ‘Trails and Tales.’

This bronze, like IMPRINT,  is inspired by a book cover design by Talwin Morris. Talwin Morris (1865-1911) was a prolific book designer and decorative artist working in Glasgow in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He was Art Director of the Villafield Press, a printing house that was part of the publishing firm Blackie and Son.  He is particularly known for his Glasgow Style book designs, furniture and metalwork. Marion utilised a number of books in the Glasgow School of Art’s collection of Morris’s work, in her research for this commission.  She studied not only Morris’s characteristic Glasgow Style but also the production techniques behind the books themselves

READER’S FRAGMENT and IMPRINT were both inspired by Morris’s cover for Blackie’s Infant Reader.  The different levels and patinated surface on the finished work are designed to replicate the process which would imprint Morris’s designs on book cloth.

This commission also resulted in a larger granite sculpture, a public work located beside the Forth & Clyde Canal beside the path to Cadder.


2018           Edition of  6

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