Ediciones Vigía: Hand-crafted Books
Ediciones Vigía, located on La Vigía Square, in Matanzas, is an independent publishing that produces handmade books, which are considered as true works of art not only in Cuba but in the rest of the world, too.
Made with different and sometimes original materials, such as recyclable paper, sand, seashells, twigs and plastics, among others, Ediciones Vigía’s books are really beautifully designed by specialized artisans, who use interesting hand-drawn illustrations and a very own aesthetics. As to the Literature itself, the publishing promotes the very best of the world, like Jorge Luis Borges, Emily Dickinson and García Lorca, but also the most representative writers from Cuba and Matanzas, such as Dulce María Loynaz and Carilda Oliver Labra.
Every year, Ediciones Vigía produces up to 20 volumes, with 200 copies per each, being every one of them manufactured by hand. Famous institutions like the U.S. Library of Congress, the British National Library, the MOMA and several universities around the world, treasure within their collections books by this publishing.
In sum: if you are looking for a 100% handmade book experience, if you want to hold in your hands a real treasure not only because of its literary value but also because of its artistic value, you should visit Ediciones Vigía.
Javier Roque Martínez