Dr. and Master Zhi Gang Sha was referred to ICLA by Bill Gladstone, one of the top literary agents in the United States, for the design and production of Tao Calligraphy, an instructional book for ancient Chinese chanting and prayer, based on the healing power of ancient scrolls.
ICLA conceptualized and designed The Tao Calligraphy Collection to create the master’s guide to healing with calligraphy. Created to be a unique compendium to support the teachings of Dr. and Master Zhi Gang Sha, the book was designed to reflect the style and binding of ancient Chinese books and scrolls, but be contemporary in design to reflect the style of Master Sha.
The Tao Calligraphy book is comprised of 480 French-fold pages, 45 tipped-on calligraphy scrolls, 45 fold out pages, 12 translucent fly sheets, 3 ribbon bookmarks, gold lenticular foil end sheets and a faux ostrich leather cover foil stamped with satin metallic gold foil and bound with Chinese rope binding.
The collection includes 6 video presentations encased in a complementary CD/DVD wallet-style book, wrapped with matching faux ostrich leather and decorated with a gold lenticular foil liner. Both books are enclosed in a faux ostrich leather covered box with satin gold lacquer wood bumpers, a satin gold lacquer wood and mother of pearl yin yang medallion and magnetic double gatefold doors.
To augment the collection, a highly polished bookstand, and page holder is fabricated from birch wood and finished with seven coats of satin pearl lacquer and decorated with satin metallic gold foil stamping. The bookstand is finished with magnets to facilitate closure and the page holder includes magnets to hold the book in an open position.
As the initial client goal was to create a book to support the teachings of Dr. Sha and to provide a means to carry the book from one location to another conveniently, ICLA designed and produced a designer leather bag to hold the Tao Calligraphy Collection Box Set, the bookstand and the page holder in compartments engineered to hold the components securely.
Fabricated from dark brown textured designer leather and medium brown smooth finish leather, the bag was designed to create contrast between the two types of leather. The dark brown stitching is finished with high gloss hardware to create elegance.