Bone Carving Art of the Northern Peoples of Russia

Bone Carving Art of the Northern Peoples of Russia

A visual study dedicated to the bone-carving art of the northern peoples of Russia explores and classifies bone products, reveals the uniqueness of the craft as a whole and of each bone-carving school (for research, I singled out four main ones: Kholmogor, Tobolsk, Chuotska and Yakutsk schools) separately. I have identified two main methods of classification: territorial and by typical subjects. The book can be read in two ways. The first is direct, studying each of the bone-carving schools in order, and the second is following the abbreviations on the left lane, denoting the type of objects. In addition to bone carving schools and typical items, I have identified signs by which each item can be classified separately according to techniques and subjects, thus creating the third level of navigation.
The book is very small (110×175 mm), but voluminous. Thus, in the hand it feels like a small object, very detailed inside. The same feeling comes from small and detailed bone carvings. The visual image of the book is largely formed by typography. The rhythm and texture of the text echoes the rhythm of the carved ornaments.

There are four typical spreads in the book: half-titles with information about a particular bone-carving school, main spreads with photographs of products and captions to them, and cut-outs with photographs of master bone carvers, where the text is placed on plates.
Thus, this visual study allows you to study the topic in different aspects and understand the artistic value of the objects under study.

CREDIT

  • Agency/Creative: Polina Larina - HSE Art & Design School
  • Article Title: Bone Carving Art of the Northern Peoples of Russia
  • Organisation/Entity: Student
  • Project Type: Typography
  • Project Status: Non Published
  • Agency/Creative Country: Russia
  • Agency/Creative City: HSE Art&Design School
  • Market Region: Europe
  • Project Deliverables: Design, Typography
  • Industry: Information
  • Keywords: Book design Typography

  • Credits:
    Designer: Polina Larina

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