by Gerry, Leslie and Robin Llywelyn
This deluxe edition contains a 23" x 33" foldout illustration, 8 loose 12" x 16" illustrations, and a custom clamshell box.
Portmeirion is the extraordinary Italianate village created by the architect and town-planner Clough Williams-Ellis on a remote peninsula in North Wales.
The double-spread images in Portmeirion brilliantly capture its architectural eccentricities in a pageant of colour created by the artist in the form of a series of seven original prints drawn on an electronic tablet, a technique he has exploited that is in many ways the successor to the Jean Berte and pochoir processes in that it achieves its effects by superimposing layers of flat colour on top of one another.
Clough's grandson, Robin Llywelyn, who spent much of his childhood at Portmeirion, provides a vivid and concise commentary on each scene, tracing the development of the village from its beginnings in 1925 and describes how Clough put 'fallen buildings', rescued from demolition before and after the war, to brilliantly creative use in his uniquely bizarre concept of Portmeirion.
The images are printed by the artist on Somerset mould-made paper, and the text, on alternate openings, is set in 24-point Caslon and printed on a heavyweight Zerkall chamois geglattet mould-made paper in a threadless zig-zag binding.