'Mise en pages, Mise en cage' (diploma work)
About books and insects
What have graphic design and entomology in common? Graphic artist and insect collector Camille Sauthier asked himself this question. Are there parallels in the two passions? He was struck by the fact that both the boxes he kept his insects in and the program background for 'InDesign' feature grids. He enjoyed placing elements on both grids. In order to answer his own question he looked for images in both subject areas and compared them. He produced a record of his research in the early part of his book 'Mise en pages. Mise en cage'. This part is in black and white. On a double page, we see a photograph of the spine of a book detaching itself from the cover and on the right a photograph of a tree with the bark peeling off. Camille Sauthier shows elements in common at a visual level – these are playful comparisons. The graphic designer explains that he tried to design the book like a terrarium, an eco-system, a little thematic world. His reflections and inspirations from research lead on to a colour section of the book. Here we find items from books that Sauthier designed himself. Items that are beautiful but at the same time alienating. An installation, for example, looks like a little flower garden: the designer has pushed little labels that are usually found in beds or pots to give information about the seeds into bundles of books. He explains that here he is comparing the little labels from the plant world with bookmarks, because they are similar to each other. On another double page are two piles of books with coloured pages. One gets bluer and bluer, the other goes from brownish-red to green. The designer says this is a juxtaposition of heaven and earth. We find the key to these objects on the last of the coloured pages. Here we see his object confronted with one from the science that provided his inspiration. Camille Sauthier's work mingles the worlds of his two passions poetically, and thus creates a new one – his own personal world. The switch has been made, the question about common ground answered visually, if not completely resolved scientifically – but who minds about that.
designer HES en communication visuelle, spécialisation design graphique