Berthe van Regemorter
This book – Een leven in dienst van de boekband or A life in service of bookbinding – was my graduation project for the Expert Class Book Design I attended this year at the Plantin Institute for Typography.
A life in service of bookbinding tells the story of Berthe van Regemorter, a 20th-century Belgian bookbinding artist. She studied in Brussels as the private student of two teachers – bookbinder Joseph Hendrickx and gilder Louis Jacobs. Afterwards she studied and worked for some time in London. By 1910 she started her own atelier in Antwerp, where she designed, foiled, embossed and bound hundreds of book covers.
The book shown here is a digitally printed dummy made for the Expert Class, but as per the assignment, the book was designed with offset printing in mind. The first section of the book – the essay – would be printed in just two colours (black and Pantone Orange) on uncoated paper, while the final section of the book – the plate section – would be printed in the customary four colours on coated paper.
The contents for A life in service of bookbinding were provided to us by Elly Cockx-Indestege, author of the monograph Berthe van Regemorter: une artiste-relieur anversoise (1879–1964), published by Bibliotheca Wittockiana in 2014.