The Dérive

About Project

The Dérive is an illustrated book which encourages the readers' engagement with the sensory nature of touch. It tells the story of a young Parisian who is a “passionate spectator and experiences an immense joy to set up house in the heart of the multitude, amid the ebb and flow of movement, in the midst of the fugitive and the infinite (Charles Baudelaire, 1863).” He notices the small, intricate details of his surrounds which make up the world around him. This book also tries to let the reader engage with minute detail and ornate complexities to bring to light the importance of touch for interpreting the world.

I have utilised three techniques throughout the book. The first technique is pin pricking subtle textures in accordance with the illustration; the second technique harnesses paper mechanics; and, the third technique is a collage overlay of textiles on the illustrations. 


The book is produced using a large format printer on textured linen paper stock. Pin prick techniques and textile overlays enhance touch experience. Paper mechanics are used to heighten the interactive potential of the print medium.

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