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Iron & Twine

The ties that bind

There are few materials in human civilisation more widely useful than iron and twine. Here we embrace the metaphoric and literal design possibilities of these two workhorse materials – iron that can be formed into indestructible objects of all sorts, and twine that can be used to bind everything from rafts to fences. These Iron & Twine covers reproduce the binding of a prayer book belonging to the Archbishop Clemens August of Cologne. The prayers were written by Maria Joseph Clement Kaukol and the bound copies were given as gifts to the Archbishop’s friends, presumably to strengthen ties of friendship. The original version, created in Cologne in 1729, was called Treasure of Selected Prayers for the Christian Soul. The cover showcased broad string iron lines, green and gold stripes and golden leaf pistils. The interior contents were an extraordinary example of German calligraphy and engravings.

Whether you want to bind someone’s gratitude and affection permanently or temporarily, consider using a journal celebrating iron and twine.