Alex Appella

writer · book artist

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Renault 12
written, engineered & bound by Alex Appella

Pop up collage book


$400 BUY NOW


A book to honor the community within the Southern Punilla Valley in Córdoba, Argentina that I call home, a lovely fall, and this titan of econobox transportation:
The Renault 12.

This auto was manufactured in many countries*, and specifically in Argentina from 1971 to 1994, where it lives on today as an accessible solution from getting the family from point A to point B.
* Including Turkey, Romania, Colombia, Spain & France


About the book:
6 full color collages/pop-up pages sewn onto linen tapes.
Flat back binding.
Each book housed in its own “glove box wallet ”.
4.75 x 8.25 inches.
RENAULT 12 was printed on Colorspot Nieve paper, using an Epson Ink Jet Printer.
All acid-free materials.
The bi-lingual pages are accompanied by a glossary at the end of the book.

This on-going numbered edition was begun in March, 2009 in San Antonio de Arredondo, Province of Córdoba, Argentina.

All photos taken by Alex Appella, except for original Renault 12 publicity material and owner’s manual scans.



Savannah College of Art and Design. Atlanta, Georgia.
The Boeckmann Center for Iberian & Latin American Studies, Doheny Library, University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

Middle Tennessee State University. Murfreesboro, Tennessee.