This is a wedding album I designed. The material for the album cover is a silkscreened runner, created by the talented bride for the wedding reception. I stamped their initials in gold foil on the cover.
Thus the soul resembles the hand. The hand is the most perfect of organs, for it takes the place in man of all the organs given to other animals for purposes of defense or attack or covering. Man can provide all these needs for himself with his hands. And in the same way, the soul in man takes the place of all the forms of being, so that through his soul a man is, in a way, all being or everything; his soul being able to assimilate all the forms of being–the intellect intelligible forms and the senses sensible forms.
Thomas Aquinas, Commentary on the De Anima, Book II, Lectio 13
I stripped the old brittle leather and sanded the surface. Then relined it with new paper and used new goatskin to cover all the places where leather should be. It was surprisingly challenging to cover nonfunctioning books. The leather had to be pared and fitted into such odd shapes and crevices.
I was able to salvage the label from the bottom book, and I created two new labels with the client’s favorites titles. Then I hinged the two parts of the box together, as the client remembered from her childhood.