The second book from designer and artist Grace Wales Bonner is one of the most beautiful things we have seen in a long time. It is also important - and definitely 'new rare'.
'A lot of the imagery is collected from first-hand sources, out of print books and a large library of printed material I collected in Ghana, like washed out DVDs, romantic pamphlets, gin sachets and homemade mix tapes. We really study the found material and observe how it's put together. It's also about thinking about the vernacular of these materials and using that to communicate something in my own way. Alongside the more playful elements, like a manual I found on "how to kiss your love" in Accra, the book is collaged alongside more serious black literature. As a theme I was looking at the idea of a black rhythmicality that underpins black love - Fred Moten's work as well James Baldwin and Essex Hemphill's work were really important to this aspect of the texts.' (from her interview with i-D! Read the rest here.)
First edition, created in collaboration with Ditto Press, designed by CDR favourite Jamie Reid (current Dazed art director), with original collages by Wales Bonner and a CD of a soundscape composed by James William Blades.