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Fore-Edges A fore-edge painting is a rare type of book decoration which reached the height of it's popularity in the 18th century. Fore-edge paintings are watercolour decorations, painted inside the page edge (the fore-edge) of a book. This is achieved by fanning the page block of a book, which is then clamped, whilst an image is applied to the stepped surface of the page edges. The page edges are gilded and this results in the painted fore-edge disappearing when the book is closed. When refanned or the book is opened the painting magically re-appears. The art of fore-edge painting came into existance in the mid 17th century, but today fore-edge book painting is practiced commercially by only two artists.The Heritage Craft Association has identified this art as 'critically endangered' .Clare has painted over 2000 fore-edges for collectors and rare book dealers. She has been commissioned to do work for Hiliary Clinton, has had her work featured in the film Crimson Peak and has demonstrated at prestigious events such as The International Antiquarian Book Fair at Olympia and in the 'Best of Europe' section of the spectacular Homo Faber art event in Venice in 2018. Her fore-edge work is featured in:- 'The Annotated Dictionary of Fore-edge Painting' by Jeff Weber and she was commissioned to paint the edges of the first five editions of the book. 'The History and Technique of Fore-edge Painting' by Jeanne Bennett. She was featured in a six page article about her fore-edge work in 'The Bookbinders Journal' (2012)
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