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Furthermore, his experiences have encouraged
him to include still more wood in the book covers. Initially, he
preserved the traditional body of the work, with the strings and
leather back overlapping onto the front and back covers. He then
rapidly adopte d the technique named "Bradel" which
relies for its effect, amongst others, on the clear separation
with grooves, of the backing of the book from the front and back
covers; this creates a greater surface for decoration than in
previous book binding systems. The design of such a book cover,
made completely in wood, left the problem of the joint between
the covers and the back of the book. The answer was found, this
thanks to a hinge made of a wooden casing , through which an
invisible steel rod was inserted. All Alain Taral's book covers
have henceforth been produced using this principle. A precious
book cover is always protected by a case, this of course, in the
case of Alain Taral, being a veneer of precious wood, either
natural or stained.
Be his compositions figurative, geometric or
of letters, all the decors designed by Alain Taral live on; in
devoting himself to the art of book-binding, he has been guided
by the spirit of the book - its text,illustrations, structure...
The artist also knows how to juggle with the intrinsic qualities
of his materials.Wood offers naturally, by virtue of its
structure (grain, tones), unlimited decorative wealth and
sometimes, the unexpected, which Alain Taral seeks to preserve
and enhance, and indeed offers pride of place, particularly to
the choice of style "Jansenist".
Alain Taral's "Feuille à Feuille"
studio is situated on a hillside in Provence, a place of
tranquillity and reflection-an ideal atmosphere for being
creative. He also has at his disposal, the Jean Aicard Museum at
Solliès-Ville where his work is exhibited to the public. Private
collections together with those in the public domain, have
enriched the creative works of Alain Taral, the quality of which
are widely recognised by amateur book binders both in France and
abroad. (Text extract from catalogue of exhibition in library Fata
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