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KAI and Mu

KAI and Mu

KAI and Mu are companion books, based upon a single design, yet reflecting two perspectives on a similar theme. While they share a common design and layout, the images and text evoke decidedly different emotions. They depict two sides of a common coin, a yang and corresponding yin, that together create a whole. KAI is aggressive, bold, hard, edgy; Mu is passive, subtle, organic, calm. The two books were originally designed together at the Wells Book Arts Summer Institute in July 2015.

The ten color images in each book were taken in the spring of 2015 at Stone Valley on the Racquette River in Colton, New York. The 17 haikus in each were garnered from classical haiku masters.

The hard covers are handcrafted by the artist and bound in a modified Japanese stab binding. The inside pages and paste downs in Mu are kozo paper, handmade by the artist.

Copies reside in the permanent collection at the Wells Book Arts Center, Wells College.

A limited edition of 17 is available for sale to individual collectors directly from the artist. The books are numbered and signed by the artist on the colophon. 24 pages plus translucent end pages, ten photographs in each. Sold together as a set. Price is $250.

For more information or to purchase copies of KAI and Mu, contact the artist at:

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Tom Lascell
5 Pleasant Street
Canton, NY 13617










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