Wolf Hall Book of Hours
In January 2013 I was approached by a production company and asked to undertake some work for the forthcoming BBC adaptation of Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall. My brief was to produce a fully bound book which would serve as a Book of Hours belonging to one of the principal characters, Thomas Cromwell's wife Liz. It would be used in frequent close up shots and therefore had to stand up to scrutiny. The book was to appear as though it had been handed down to Elizabeth from an earlier generation, so the aim was to produce a book that was typical in style of the period c.1480-1500. The book needed to be fully functioning as it would be opened frequently to reveal a number of illuminated pages and the remaining blank pages of the book had to blend in with the parchment of this illuminated insert. It was just the sort of challenge I enjoy and I was delighted to accept. Here is the finished book, bound in blind-tooled hand-dyed calf, in a style that is typical of the last years of the fifteenth century and using the same techniques and materials used in that period.
In the image gallery below are a series of photos that show the whole process of making this book from beginning to end, from producing the artificial vellum paper, to tooling the finished leather cover. I do hope you will find it of interest.