Jacqueline Thomas Books
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At the beginning of the 19C, Joseph Marie Jacquard invented his loom for weaving brocade and damask in the city of Lyon, the centre of silk weaving in France. The loom was designed to improve upon the slow process used by weavers to produce beautiful decorated silk fabrics. Jacquard’s method used a system of punched cards, strung together in sequence, which automatically gave the loom instructions for weaving any image or pattern.
In 1839, five years after Jacquard’s death, Charles Babbage, mathematician, mechanical engineer and inventor, came across a famous woven portrait of Jacquard, at first sight assumed to be an engraving, but actually woven in the finest silk. He realised that he could ‘avail himself of the same beautiful invention’ to communicate instructions to his Calculating Engine, using the punched card for the completely new purpose of mathematical calculation.
24 pages printed on 250gsm somerset satin
hard bound with digitally printed book cloth cover
h 25 cm x w 21 cm
As a book designer and maker I put images together collected from many sources to create pages of digital collage. These are stitched together and hand bound into covers which are screen or digitally printed to make the completed book.
My interests lie in the physical and natural sciences, both historical and contemporary. I am also fascinated by explorers and adventurers who have added to our knowledge of science and related subjects.
My more recent books are about botanical subjects; I have just completed Nature under Siege, highlighting a few of the rare and beautiful plants and trees threatened by the effects of climate change and Man’s exploitation of the natural world. Plant Hunters – Explorers and Adventurers completed in 2019, was inspired by early explorers who travelled the world in search of new plant species.
all books are made in limited editions (maximum 10) digitally printed, stitched and hand-bound with screen-printed or digitally printed covers.
Nature under Siege
Plant Hunters – Explorers & Adventurers
Arabic Science East to West
William Herschel Astronomer and Musician
The Discovery of Electricity
Srinivasa Ramanujan Mathematician
The Ten Most Abundant Elements in the Universe
Cards of Discovery
Beyond Our Planet Annual for Boys
Where Could I Live?
Helen Storey: Life on the Outskirts (Commission)
Books in collections of: British Library Contemporary Collection; The Constance Howard Resource and Research Centre in Textiles, Goldsmiths, University of London; Kingston University, London; Stony Brook University, New York; Helen Storey Foundation; National Art Library, London, and Private collections in the US and the UK.
I have been designing and making books for over ten years, and have exhibited my work at the Small Publishers Book Fair, London; London Art Book Fair, Whitechapel; BABE Arnolfini, Bristol, Oxford Fine Press Book Fair, and in Halifax, Leeds and Manchester. Commissions include a limited edition of Helen Storey: Life on the Outskirts for Kingston University, Kingston upon Thames, Vietnam Carole Hodgson. The books Equations and Constants were recently shown as part of a joint exhibition The Art of Science: Selections from the Collection, at the Simons Centre for Geometry & Physics, Stony Brook University, New York. Closed December 2019. http://scgp.stonybrook.edu/archives/31524