This one-of-a-kind, book-based sculpture, titled Pumpkin Seed, was handcrafted by Asheville artist Daniel Essig. Using a 4th century binding known as Ethiopian-style Coptic, he creates mixed-media book structures that incorporate unusual woods, handmade paper, found objects, fossils, and mica.
"I am interested in traces of the past, ancient binding styles, altered books, distressed finishes, and found objects. All my work has a Coptic book at its heart. This binding was first used around the 4th century, in Ethiopia or North Africa, or perhaps this is just the area where the books were best preserved. There are several distinct sewings known as Coptic. The style I use is known as Ethiopian. I use two needles for each length of thread, one on either end. I use wood covers and tunnel through the edge of the board to attach the text block. The historic sewing style, wooden boards, and the type of board attachment are what distinguish the Ethiopian-style Coptic binding." ~ Daniel Essig
- Artist: Daniel Essig
- Mixed-media and found objects
- Dimensions: 4" H x 5.75" W x 1.5" D