Artypeeps has a new nest >>>>

Chirp chirp! In a long-awaited merger the Artypeeps network is now part of The Curved House, a creative agency working primarily for publishers and authors. Please visit www.thecurvedhouse.com to find out more.

This blog will shortly migrate to The Curved House but we will continue to have our twice-yearly Artypeeps drinks nights and will keep the network active through Facebook.

Thank you to all of the Artypeeps crew who have supported the various endeavors and made our network the special little community that it is.

Artypeeps have a new Facebook page

Ahoy peeps! Those of you in the Artypeeps Facebook network will know that we have almost 900 Facebook friends all around the world. We want to get our network up into the thousands so we’ve now started a fan page. We’ll be profiling some of our favourite designers, illustrators, artists and other wonderful creatives on this new page. We’ll also be handpicking fans of our page to profile their work so we need to see lots of talented peeps liking the page!

Visit the new Artypeeps Fan Page, click ‘LIKE’ and then spread the word to all your friends. Thanks!

Book Arts Newsletter

book arts newsletter issue 69 artists booksThe November issue of the Book Arts Newsletter is now available for download from UWE’s Centre for Fine Print Research. This one is packed with goodness from the sunny shores of Australia as the newsletter’s chief editor, Sarah Bodman, recently returned from a trip to the CODEX expo in Melbourne. The issue includes:

NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS’ BOOKS EXHIBITIONS INCLUDING:

Invisible Cities And Hidden Landscapes, curated by Cath Fairgreave, UWE Bristol
Object Poems – Curated by David Abel, 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, USA
Edgardo-Antonio Vigo, Weserburg Museum of Modern Art, Bremen, Germany
The Silent Scream: Political and social comment in books by artists, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
Drawing with Fire: An exhibition of laser cutting by book and paper artists, curated by Tom Sowden, Northumbria University, UK
Art & project bulletins 1-156 / September 1968 – November 1989, Christophe Daviet-Thery, Paris, France
60|40, Gustavsberg Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden
Marinus van Dijke, A walk, a hundred years, a reconstruction, De Kabinetten van De Vleeshal, The Netherlands
SCOTT McCARNEY VisualBooks, an exhibition of new works at Light Work, Syracuse, USA
Keith Smith: Book by Book, Bruce Silverstein Gallery, NY, USA

COURSES, LECTURES, CONFERENCES & WORKSHOPS

Creative bookstructures by Hedi Kyle, a workshop with Suzanne Schmollgruber at Leksands folkhögskola, Sweden
Bookbinding workshops with American book artist Emily Martin in Wiltshire, UK
Wire Edge Bindings workshop with Daniel E Kelm in Stockholm, Sweden and Loose & Simple Bindings II, with Cristina Balbiano d’Aramengo at Jouper
Design, Stockholm, Sweden
Rubber Stamp workshop with Stephen Fowler, Paper Village, Bristol, UK
The State Library of Victoria in partnership with Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford presents: Love and Devotion: Persian Cultural Crossroads. A conference at the State Library of Victoria, 12th – 14th April 2012, Melbourne, Australia

OPPORTUNITIES INCLUDING:

Doverodde Book Arts Festival IV & Symposium – 2012
bookartbookshop’s Bookart Competition December 2011
Minnesota Center for Book Arts is seeking new artists’ books for consignment in its retail store.
Venice Summer Residencies 2012 at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica di Venezia
Call for Entries: The Vandercook Cocktail
Call for Artists for Turn the Page artist’s book fair 4th and 5th May 2012
Book Works is looking for proposals for a new series of projects from artist/writer
collectives or individual art practices engaged with emerging political struggles.

ARTIST’S BOOK FAIRS & Festivals INCLUDING:

Oxford Fine Press Book Fair, UK
Small Publishers Fair, London, UK
Handmade & Bound, London, UK
Artists’ Book and Independent Publishing Fair, Walsall, UK
Annual Book Arts Festival, MCBA, Minneapolis, USA

NEW ARTISTS’ PUBLICATIONS INCLUDING:

Alfred Jarry A Pataphysical Life by Alastair Brotchie
A Benedictionary by Benedict Phillips
Doug Beube: Breaking the Codex
soundbites 4 tha reVelation 2012 by Daevid Allen
Grab The Uranium by Craig Atkinson
Selection by Hannah Fussner
Pride Prejudice Passion by Karen Hanmer
Libraryland by Oslo David
Two new books by Rare Autumn

Reports & Reviews Including:
The new Marches Book Art Group
Polish Artists’ Books From The End Of The 20th And The Beginning Of The 21st Centuries. Report by Jadwiga Tryzno
We Are Book Arts, Camberwell Book Art MA Show. Review by Abigail Thomas
The Artist’s Book in Slovenia 1966 – 2010, exhibition at the London South Bank University. Report by Lara Gonzalez

STOP PRESS!

grahame galleries + editions in Brisbane reopens with a new exhibition and call for artists.
Book Crafts with Geff Newland, Ochre Print Studio, UK
2012 CFPR Professional Development Summer Institute
Hazell Designs Books has lots of upcoming festive events
New works by Gracia & Louise on show in three exhibitions over November

Download issue 69 of the Book Arts Newsletter (PDF) or visit the main website for the newsletter to view and download all current and previous issues.

Indiependence Day marks the end of Sober October

We’ve been working hard this month to stay off the booze and save our beer money to spend on books so on 1st November we’ll be throwing a little drinks party to retox and celebrate the end of Sober October. All welcome but please RSVP (see invite) as numbers are limited.

The event is kindly sponsored by Naked Wines (in keeping with our commitment to supporting independent businesses) and will be hosted by the lovely Treadwells bookshop in Bloomsbury.

If you don’t already know about the campaign visit the Sober October website to find out more.

Getting into Book Design

storify logoInterested in book design? View our Storify story, Getting into Book Design, that showcases the best things about book design and tells you where to find out more if you’d like to get into book design in the UK.

Getting into book design artypeeps storify

Click here to view our story on Storify

We are hiring: WordPress developer for premium theme development

wordpress logoWe are looking for a developer to build a fully customisable WordPress theme. We will provide the architecture and creative but we need a talented developer to create the backend. We can be flexible with the design if it means being able to customise an existing theme so would be happy to talk to theme developers who already have their own theme library. Please contact Kristen via email for a longer job spec.

Update: This Post is now closed – we will be contacting shortlisted developers by close of business Friday 14 October. Please note that due to a large number of submissions we will only be able to contact successful candidates.

If Not Now, Whenever: 7 Cambridge Artists Exhibit at the Gallery on Redchurch Street, London

Redchurch Street, one of East London’s up-and-coming streets, is home to many emerging arty enterprises including the Gallery in Redchurch Street. This week the gallery housed a show by 7 artists from the Cambridge School of Art. Shows at self-hire galleries can sometimes be a little dubious but this exhibition caught my attention because the caliber of all the work was so high. (It helped, too, that Jane Bradley’s wonderful embroidered artist’s book was just inside the front door… like a moth to a flame, I was.) Further inside, Robert Good’s bookcase portraits were a wonderful example of how aesthetically pleasing a good bookshelf can be, while artist Matthew Wilson managed to make a bunch of abject objects (medical equipment) into beautiful, graceful installations. The show was a brief one-week stint but here are some images from the artists and you can get in touch with any of them via their website.

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