and there have just come to me some of them:
a wonderful work that hides a sad story.
The authors of this binding are a craftsmen's couple
living in a famous Spanish city,
one of those four or five that were more
of what they are today.
They have a small and beautiful workshop,
with a wall covered with old brick,
that enhance moreover their work.
They live of an ancient craft.
They make folders, books, diaries, agendas,
all kind of stationery objects.
Only with his hands
and with a very few things more:
paintbrushes, glue, paper, pasteboard...
They make all these objects during the year
and then they recover the investment
and slightly more to keep on living,
in the traditional Craft’s Fair
that is celebrated in its city,
as in so many others of Spain,
They are doing this for years,
but every time
it is necessary to present a representative work of what they do,
and wait for the admission
and the places' draw.
This year they presented the book that you have seen,
which they protected with a coordinated box.
I love it because I know the good taste that they have,
and because I'm very proud that they were choosing one of my papers
to make this "piece".
I am sure they are artists.
Perhaps his hands, could be her inspiration.
Look at the wide band of red cloth of the box.
There was no paper for any more.
Although they did not say this to me, I am sure.
as that the way of solving the problem
was a brilliant idea.
It happens many times...
the weakest point turns
into the most elegant detail.
You still ask where the sad story is.
The sad story is that they could not enter the Fair,
because the admission jury stated that...
... this book with his box is not a "craft" work.
You think the same than me.
There is no justice.
they have to look now for another city that receives them,
and where its bread could be gained.
In the following photo you can see one of its folders,
and a good heap of the agendas
that provides its sustenance.
I wish them to find soon the solution to its quandary.
Very happy will be the inhabitants of the city that admits them,
because they will be able to enjoy the objects of its craft.
But, if any thing twists,
and bad destiny appears,
these craftsmen will have to close its workshop.
And its book and box,
the work that they presented as
the better one that could go out of its hands,
will have turned for them into
THE WORLD'S MOST EXPENSIVE BOOK.