Taking its title from the enigmatic inscription on a seventeenth-century Dutch-made plate, You & i are Earth, edited by Fergus Feehily, is a collection of essays on contemporary art by a wide range of Irish and international writers, all of whom share painting as a starting point. Exploring serendipitous connections and recovered histories, many of the essays lead the reader through a diverse range of thoughts and interests related to memory, music, history, literature, and personal experience.
Among other references, the design concept takes inspiration from the visual austerity and limited means-of-production associated with fanzines and independently produced publications. These stylistically crude influences are interpreted through a rigorous and confident editorial design to achieve a kind of ‘preciously unpreciousness’.
The interior is printed predominantly in Black and Silver inks. However, this restrained colour palette is regularly interrupted with full-colour and silver reproductions of artworks. Non-traditional colour-separation profiles are used to output and print these five-colour reproductions.
At 112 pages, You & i are Earth features an 8-page cover (French flaps). Format/dimensions are approximately 120 × 189mm.