The Flowers of Evil project was part of my year-long thesis at Reed College. I studied Charles Baudelaire’s poetry, and created a book using selections of his work, translated by William Aggeler. I made the illustrations and layout in Indesign and Photoshop, and then etched the leather cover with a laser cutter and printed using an electronic printer. I hand bound the pages and assembled the rest of the book by hand to create a run of 15 identical copies.
The cover in black cow leather.
Example page of text layout.
Example page of illustration layout.
Digital image of the cover page, used for laser cutting.
6 of the 8 illustrations used within the book.
Translations of Baudelaire’s poetry can be found at http://fleursdumal.org/. The 6 illustrations, from left to right, top to bottom are; Damned Women, Danse Macabre, Hymn to Beauty, The Clock, To An Auburn Haired Beggar Maid, and Vampire’s Metamorphoses.