Irma Boom’s design for this Sheila Hicks monograph breaks the sober typographic conventions typically found in artist catalogs. The opening essay begins with huge Plantin (one of her favorite typefaces), paired with a coarse weaving by Hicks, that gets progressively smaller with each page, ending with a tight, refined tapestry. The unusual but accessible approach invites readers of all kinds to jump right in and learn about the artist, a nice departure from the common impenetrability of academic texts.
The book was named “The Most Beautiful Book In the World” at the Leipzig Book Fair in 2006.
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Irma Boom describes the project in a 2019 lecture for Letterform Archive.