Pearl* Hard object that grows around a grain of sand or other foreign matter as a defensive measure of certain molluscs.
PEARL is a project and book about Madeira Island, nicknamed as “The Pearl of the Atlantic”, a highly touristic place known for its Nature and its unique Laurisilva Forests. Madeira suffered countless transformations on its landscapes since its discovery on the XV century, being this project an analogy on how a pearl is created: a natural defensive reaction to external objects, in this case, introduced by Man
I was intrigued by this phenomenon of natural transformation of a living being through the creation of a non-living hard object, that turns out to be a very rare and valuable object, referenced as an example of beauty. So, how subjective can beauty get when a bizarre defensive measure turns out to be a model of beauty?
This book is about this relation between the subjective senses of beauty and ugliness and how the line between both senses is so thin and insignificant, working on this specific place, the Pearl of the Atlantic.
© 50's Viriato Miguéis for the color 6x6 archival images
© 2011-12 Tiago Casanova for the images and text
© 2014 Pascal Ferreira for the cover artwork
© 2014 XYZ for this edition
Edit and Sequence: George Georgiou, Vanessa Winship, Tiago Casanova
Book design: Tiago Casanova
Scans: Álvaro Teixeira
Prepress: Pedro Guimarães
Offset Printing: MaiaDouro
Binding: Tiago Casanova
Silkscreen: Carapau Amarelo
Printed in Portugal
Normal Edition: 475 copies
Special Edition: 25 copies
Every cover of Pearl is hand-made with a Silkscreen by Carapau Amarelo, using an original artwork by Pascal Ferreira and hand-binded by me.