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Made In Spode

Katya de Grunwald, photographer and artist, collaborates to make sophisticated, simple and elegant work for a variety of publications and clients.  She used Kickstarter to raise funds to produce her own photography project ‘Made in Spode’.  The project is inspired by a significant collection of abandoned moulds from a once thriving ceramic factory in Stoke-on-Trent, at the heart of the British Ceramics industry.


The challenge

Katya wanted something that captured, and preserved in print, the striking and beautiful history she had observed.  She wanted to create a book to be shared by those who worked in the potteries, collectors, people who appreciate a beautiful object or anyone interested in photography.

Funded via Kickstarter, she had a limited budget, but required a high quality production.  The limited edition book (500 copies) was published to coincide with an exhibition of the photographs during the British Ceramics Biennial in 2015 held on the original Spode factory site, in Stoke-on-Trent.

An original poem by Daniel Cockrill sits alongside the 52 photographic illustrations in the publication which was designed by Dominic Brookman of Kenosha Design.  Katya and Dominic approached Park and asked us to come up with ideas on how to enhance the design.


Our solution

Park proposed a rough, rugged feel with a “used” look for the cover and a coated stock for the text, so her images would show a good lift.  We chose a 2mm Nomad Board and recommended debossing the front cover.

We recommended a scatter digital proof, so that Katya could decide whether any retouching was necessary,  then followed up with a full set of hi-resolution Epson proofs on coated paper.

To enhance the rough and rugged feel, we suggested thread sewn binding with an exposed spine (naked binding).  Park produced a white paper dummy ahead of the final production to make sure Katya was happy with the suggested look.

To acheive the best colour reproduction and detail, we used our dedicated plate profile and hard drying inks adapted for coated materials.

Adhering to ISO12647 colour management targets, Park accurately matched the signed-off proofs while Katya and Dominic passed on press.

Print production and folding were completed in-house, while a member of the team supervised the naked binding and debossing at the outworkers.


The results

*The final product was a “work of art”, brought in on tight budget restrictions

*Sharp images, with good contrast and lift throughout

*Accurate folding, stitching and trimming


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“I want to thank you for ensuring that the book is perfect. It is such a simple book where the detail is critical. Your commitment to realising this project has been wonderful. Thank you.”

Dominic Brookman, Kenosha Design

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