Timo Kuilder dissects his relationship with his bipolar father through a striking black-and-white illustrated book

Timo Kuilder dissects his relationship with his bipolar father through a striking black-and-white illustrated book


This effect even applies to the book’s production, which uses Swiss brochure binding, making the book open flat so you can see the black threads of the binding on its spine. The edges of the paper are dyed black, while the cover is embossed with a bright blue foil. “It feels like an art book, but at the same time it’s humble and not overly produced which I think fits with the seriousness of the topic,” Timo says. “Without making it a super depressive book, I hope people can laugh about certain anecdotes as well.”

One page depicts silhouettes of his father’s head, portraying both chaos and order through lines and geometric shapes – Timo’s vision of his father’s manic periods when he would “get really obsessive about objects” and go on major spending sprees, then become numb and apathetic. Another shows his father split in half, one side peeled away from its own silhouette as he’s running. Timo says that friends and family would sometimes ask how his father was doing, and would suggest “he should just go for a run” by way of solution. “Which felt for me it’s denying so much of the experience of someone who struggles with a bipolar disorder,” Timo says.

“I discovered that almost every memory I have of him is stained with his condition, yet not any less valuable,” he concludes. “I hope this book can tackle a subject that is often avoided, or discussed in hushed tones. That it can help break stigmas around mental health issues, specifically bipolar disorder.”

Until One Sunday We Didn’t is self-published, available for pre-order now via Timo’s website, to be released in January 2021. The limited edition is signed by Timo and his father Bob, and numbered (250 copies) and comes with a hand-pulled letterpress print.



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