Haein Song

Marking Colour
A Brief History of...


Beckett's Trilogy
The Songlines
Dickonson's Selected Poems
Linear A to Linear Z
A Bend in the River
Mr. Palomar
Journey Round My Room
The Myth of Sisyphus
Romeo and Juliet
The Periodic Table
The Trial
Brush Up Your Shakespeare
Just So Stories
Le Grand Meaulnes
Don't Look Now


Three Plays of the Absurd
Nine Books of the Absurd

Designed and printed in 2016
Bound and produced in 2017

Marking Colour is printed using a sequence of the reduction linocut printing method where a single piece of linoleum has multiple layers of images cut into it. Usually this results in one image but here a single plate was pulled at multiple stages creating a series of images that chart its destruction.

In conjunction with this was the layering of colour. Often the linoleum plate is cleaned after one colour in order to print the successive colour. With Marking Colour the previous colour remained on the plate to mix with the new colour which would then appear on the next page. So on the left hand of the spread you can see the single added colour and on the right hand of the spread the resultant colour mixture with all the previous colours.

What results is a book that charts the destruction of the plate yet creation of the image.

The book is Korean stab bound and housed in a cloth covered solander box.
All linocuts are printed on Zerkall mould made paper at the East London Printmakers.
The text is typeset in Scala and letterpress printed at the London Centre for Book Arts.
The edition is limited to 13 copies.


Time marks
Marks, removed
Colours, added

Bright innocent early days
Growing older days

Of more
Of less
No going back
There won't be a repeat
Scars, added

Fast fast slow faster slow slower slower
Removed marks
Added colours

A big change
Plans to be
Small changes
Only unchanged

Predictable but unpredictable
Unlimited within limit
White Yellow Red Blue Green