Book Arts Newsletter: Issue 68

Amtsbibliothek by Dietmar Pfister

Amtsbibliothek by Dietmar Pfister

The latest issue of the Book Arts Newsletter is out now. Edited by Sarah Bodman at the Centre for Fine Print Research, this issue includes:


Guy Begbie and Lawrence Upton. Bower Ashton Library, UWE Bristol, UK
Again, A Time Machine at Spike Island, Bristol, UK
The Silent Scream: Political and social comment in books by artists, Sir Louis Matheson Library, Monash University, Clayton, VIC, Australia
Peace, Love, and Rockets at Center for Book Arts, NY
Claude Closky – Inside a Triangle, inaugural exhibition mfc-michèle didier, Paris
Concept As Concrete Form: Visual Poetry, Texts And Typography, University of Derby, UK
Othello – A Bestiary (With Floral Additions) by Borbonesa at bookartbookshop, London
Fine Impressions: Printmaking and artists’ books in Melbourne 1999-2010, at the State Library of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
Edgardo-Antonio Vigo, Weserburg Museum of Modern Art, Bremen
The 3rd Sheffield International Artist’s Book Prize Exhibition at Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, UK


Impact 7 Multi-disciplinary Printmaking Conference, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
Loose & Simple Bindings II, workshop in Stockholm 2012
Wire Edge Bindings, workshop in Stockholm 2012
New Jersey Book Arts Symposium, NY
Photography and the Artist’s Book Symposium, Manchester, UK
The London Art Book Fair 2011
The Sixth Manchester Artists’ Book Fair
Small Publishers Fair
8th ArteLibro Bologna


Jan van Eyck Academie, call for proposals for research projects
Doverodde Book Arts Festival IV & Symposium – 2012
A Call to Celebrate THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY of bookartbookshop
Women’s Studio Workshop Opportunities for Artists
Artist Book and Independent Publishing Fair, The New Art Gallery Walsall


Listen, Listen: Adadam Agofomma, the inaugural publication of Take Time Pres
Cast of Revival Redux by Ralph Dorey
Chromatic Fields by Duncan Bullen and Jamie Crofts
Fragments of Capri and Horizons… Capri by Karen Hanmer
The Artist’s Book Yearbook 2012-2013


Loose and simple bindings 2 Monte Mesma, Italy June 2011. A report by Diana Illingworth-Cook
UK artist Simon Goode goes west to see what has made the US book arts community flourish
Special Appendix: Artists’ books in Australia and New Zealand : a bibliographical extract, 2010 compiled by Juergen Wegner, Librarian, Brandywine Archive, Sydney



London Art Book Fair at the Whitechapel Gallery: Friday 23 – Sunday 25 September

London Art Book Fair at Whitechapel GalleryThis weekend is one of the most exciting events on the artists book calendar – The London Art Book Fair at Whitechapel Gallery. Those with an interest in high-end art books (ie. the most beautiful of beautiful reproductions), wonderfully handcrafted artists’ books and anything to do with the book as art will not be disappointed. There are also a couple of events on digital media and art publishing including a 4pm session on Saturday called Turning the virtual page: The digital future of art publishing A few of the Artypeeps crew will be there on the Friday and Saturday so come along and enjoy the book for reasons other than words!

See the full London Art Book Fair programme here and remember to pre-book your tickets, even to the free events.

Author Website: Jasmine Richards

We are thrilled to be working with debut children’s author Jasmine Richards on her new website. The site – will be up and running in the next couple of months, in time for the release of Jasmine’s first novel, The Book of Wonders. Here’s a sneak peak:

The Art of Typographic Animation

Kristen here. I know it’s bad form to blog about the same thing twice in such a short time, but I have to share this beautiful typographic animation by Matt Young. It was produced for Penguin to publicise their fascinating book about translation – Is That a Fish in Your Ear? by David Bellos. Such a fine piece of animation. I’ve got the full creative jels over this one.

Animation – Is That A Fish In Your Ear? – David Bellos from Penguin Books on Vimeo.

Christopher Wilson designs for German label Vinyl on Demand

club moral vinyl box

The talented Christopher Wilson (aka Oberphones) has been busy in his Sheffield studio recently, producing some hot hot hot vinyl covers for German record label Vinyl On Demand. The above image is the vinyl cover design for artist Club Moral who describe themselves as “focused on the presentation of art and live events of an extreme nature”. Chris says they make Throbbing Gristle look like The Saturdays. I say they’ll all be deaf by the age of 55. But hey, they’ll still have these sexy vinyl boxes to look at and ya don’t need ears for that. We asked Chris how he achieved the archival-style aesthetic: “Much of the type on the records is xeroxed until it degrades (as per the “1981–1986″ here), then rescanned.” Nice work, we like. See more from Chris/Oberphones here…

Bravo! Pearson embrace open source

pearson logoThe Bookseller today reported that Pearson (Mother of Penguin, FT, Dorling-Kindersley etc) have embraced open source by releasing it’s new Plug and Play platform complete with an open API. This is excellent news for publishing. There are many advantages to using the open source approach to develop new products (some of which I have written about before in relation to Steve Jobs and Apple) – and I’m looking forward to seeing how innovative publishers will be with it.

Pearson’s challenge now is to prove that opening up their content and intellectual property in this way will not diminish rewards for the content creators (ie. authors).

Read the full article on the Bookseller.

– Kristen

Book vs. E-Book

my my my matthew youngHerewith, the creative genius of Matthew Young, Penguin Press Art’s newest recruit. As far as the print vs. pixels debate goes, we couldn’t have said it better ourselves.


Book vs. E-Book: Episode 1 – Touch & Smell from Matthew Young on Vimeo.