Martin Frost is the Last Commercial Fore-Edge Painter

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Martin Frost is among the last people in the world who keep the art of fore-edge painting alive, and as far as he knows, he’s the only one who’s doing this professionally. Frost has been painting the edges of books using this centuries-old technique for 40 years.

Fore-edging is discrete painting, as Frost likes to explain it. “It is only there when you know how to unlock it.” It consists of painting along the edges of gilded books and the paintings are only visible when you open the book in a certain way. When it’s closed, you can’t see the art.

The video below shows how magical fore-edge painting can be.