Local artist will speak on fore-edge design

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The evolution of book edge decoration is the topic for Jeanne Bennett as she traces the history of colored book edges to fore-edge painting at the Hood County Library Tuesday at 7 p.m.

She will cover various designs on the outer edge of book pages — including stained edges, sponged edges, edges gilded in gold, marbled edged, gauffered edges, painted edges and fore-edge painting. The fore-edge painting is revealed when the book pages are fanned.

Bennett has always been passionate about books. She taught herself how to handset, print and bind small books, and in 1969 launched Calliope Press.

Most recently Bennett has been researching the history of edge decoration and teaching fore-edge painting classes.

Bennett’s book, “Hidden Treasures: The History and Technique of Fore-edge Painting,” covers the development of fore-edge painting.

The program also includes a demonstration of fore-edge painting, and various book edges will be displayed.

The library is located at 222 N. Travis St.