What began as a simple sketch has turned into a complex project. The book’s title is a play on words of the work, Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles MacKay, first published in 1841. Inspired partially by illuminated manuscripts, the book contains over 120 original illustrations rendered in India Ink, conté, and colored pencil, all celebrating that enigmatic bird, the crow, with seemingly endless double entendre. This volume of work could be viewed as a history of the world if the crow had become the dominant species. Considering their intelligence, they might still well be. The book has been produced in two sizes and in two limited editions of 50 each. Although part of an edition, each book is unique in binding and the materials used, and comes with an accompanying handmade box, unique to each book. This book and box are #3 of the edition.
Book: Ink jet printing on Canson 90# classic cream® paper. Coptic binding using Manila hemp and hemp cord. The cover is made from raw Belgian linen, dusted with iron oxide. The inside of the cover
Mark Hoppmann is an artist living and working from his studio in Tacoma, Washington. After spending one year studying art in Florence Italy, he graduated from Drake University in 1978 with a BFA in graphic design and commercial art. He spent twenty years in the graphic arts industry in prepress, offset printing and bindery operations before returning to his work in 1999. Working from his sketchbooks, photography and imagination, he has combined his skills as a watercolorist, an illustrator in India ink, and his knowledge of printing and bindery operations to create his unique handmade books. He is currently the president of the Puget Sound Book Artists.