Christine McCauley, “Mist”

1. Front, spine & back cover.
Open spine, sewn onto tapes. Cover laminated to two depths. Covered in silvered
buckram. Type foil blocked.
2. Left hand page.
‘Collage’ of tickets, four colours, linocut and polymer plate
Right hand page
Programme from a boxing Tournament, Shillong 1944. Printed inkjet onto tracing
paper,
Over- laying
Plaque at Ward Lake, Shillong. Four colour linocut,
3. Double page spread. Panorama of Nohkalikai Falls, Cherrapungi. Four colour lino
cut.
4.
Left hand page.
Khasi woman carrying a khoa, Nangsawlia. Four colour lino cut.
Right hand page
Photo of J McCauley, comrades & ‘a couple of Khasi girls’, Shillong 1944. Printed
inkjet onto tracing paper.
Over-laying, House on the Shillong Road, three colour linocut
5.
The Restaurant at Mawsmai Cave. Five colours, linocut & polymer plate.

 

Christine McCauley
London, United Kingdom
www.christinemccauley.co.uk

Mist
2017
Letterpress
25
32 (including front & back covers)
275mm x 350mm x 6mm
275mm x 175mm

Mist
Missed
The book is printed letterpress onto Zerkhall paper. The text is set in Gill Sans.
The images were produced using linocut, polymer plates, & hand setting, from
drawings that I made on location.
The images on tracing paper are printed inkjet and are of ephemera & photos
brought back from India by my father from WW2.
The binding is single sections sewn onto tapes with grey linen thread. The front &
back covers are recessed in the top section and covered in silver buckram to
produce a cloud effect that mirrors the inside endpapers. The title Mist on the front
and subtitle Missed on the back echo the title page that is printed onto tracing paper.
Meghalaya ‘The Abode of the Clouds’ is the wettest place on earth. Its capital
Shillong was a Hill Station and the capital of Assam under the British Raj. Set in the
rolling countryside of the East Khasi Hills with its cool climate Shillong became
known as the ‘The Scotland of the East’. The village of Cherrapungi on the Shillong
Plateau’s southern edge has the world’s highest recorded rainfall.
The title Mist refers to the climate of Meghalaya, a place shrouded by mist and the
book both physically & metaphorically embodies seeing through the mist of time.
The archival images on tracing paper mist the present day images of Meghalaya.
The subtitle, Missed, refers to a wistful goodbye and yearning for a place colonised
by the British and now returned to its rightful owners. A place still loved, full of
memories and remnants, a reminder of a far away homeland. A place of mists and
mellow fruitfulness. The book is a leaving, a goodbye and aims to create a complex
portrait of place that interweaves the contemporary with the historical, figuration &
the typography of place.