“Trees are poems written on clouds by our earth"

Loek de la Haye

This exhibition, best described as “Photographics", is the black & white interpretation of trees by Loek de la Haye, an artistic multi disciplined artist.

Guitarist, photographer, digital graphic artist, bookbinder and box builder.

From the last one we complete the exhibition with some of his designed boxes wherein we keep our fine bindings.

“Where Art Meets Craft"

Handboekbinderij – Restauratieatelier J. – J. Camps, Statiestraat 40, Diest.

June 3 & 4 from 2 pm till 6 pm.

Sunday June 5 from 10 am till 6 pm.

On Sundayafternoon Loek de la Haye guides you through the exhibition.

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Exhibition Photographics

Albert Droesbeke,

Painter, woodcutter, graphic artist, poet.

°Schaarbeek 7/10/1896 - + Brussel 2/12/1929.

From his youth on he takes drawing lessons, when he is 16 years old he starts to follow sculpture lessons in the Art Academy in Brussels.

By the start of WWI he studies at Constant Montald.

Moves to French Catalonia in 1927.

In 1928 he designs the 6 woodcuts for “Het oog op den heuvel" by Theo Bogaerts.

Albert Droesbeke designs several portfolios with lino – woodcuts.

Dies due to hart failure.

A client asked us to design and create for him a full leather “clamshell box" for the portfolio “Album de geographie", 7 woodcuts by Droesbeke with the titles au pays des negres, la Chine, New – York, Paris, La Havane, La Russie, Far – West.

We worked with natural cowleather which we dyed ourselves.

The three small boards are covered with yellow and green Oasis goatleather.

The inside of the box is finished with grey Dainel.

The titles of the 7 woodcuts are tooled in aluminum.

The design on the box consist of inlaid characters with the sides dyed in different colors matching these of the illustrations. This technique results in a subtil play of colors.

A temperate interpretation of the original design on the cover of the portfolio is tooled in black carbon on the cover of the “clamshel box".

63 cm x 42 cm.

Full leather "clamshell box".

Adriaen Brouwer, J.K.Huysmans.

First translations in Dutch, Guy Van Gorp.

illustrations Theo Melens.

This Months Item

Romance, is this months item.

Poetry, Graphics about romance.

Refereynenbundel van Jan Van Stijevoorde, Les Amours de Frêne & Galeran, 2 Eros, L'Idylle Venitienne, Vaucluse, Roland Ergo: In uw schaduw.

This Months Item

Illustrés par Kees Van Dongen.

Editions de la Sirène.

7, rue Pasquier,



Exemplaire 54/300.

The text block put on meeting – guards.

In these meeting – guards we put strips of paper of the same colour as the illustrations in the book.

The original paper cover mounted in front of the text block without being cut or folded.

The text block was not cut, only the meeting – guards were.

Bound on 5 cords, double woven headbands in 4 colours silk.

Full natural cowleather binding, bord à bord in the same leather.

The leather was dyed uneven with penetrating leather dye. The uneven effect refers to the technics used in the illustrations.

On each board, outside as well inside, 4 lines were tooled in black carbon.

On the outside of both boards a paper collage is layed in deeper, the visible sides of the leather are coloured with acrylic dye.

On the outside of both boards an onlay composition of 9 strips of leather.

The curves of these leather onlays refer to the curves of the illustrations in the book.

The sides of the leather onlays are coloured with acrylic dye.

“Contes de Kipling" tooled in silver and “Kees Van Dongen" tooled in black carbon in between the vertical lines on the front board.

“Les plus beaux" tooled in silver and “Illustrés par" tooled in black carbon in between the vertical lines on the back board.

The tooling on both boards is linked over the back and towards the foredge with tiny points and squares tooled in black carbon.

Coloured flyleaves in grey suède.

The binding is signed Jan & Julia Camps on the inside of the back board.

Clamshell box in grey cloth, on the back the title tooled in silver.

Les plus beaux contes de Kipling.

Statiestraat 40 B-3290 DIEST - 0032 478 11 22 04 - info@boekbinderij-camps.be