Tuesday, 10 November 2015

ABYB - Artists' Book Year Book 2016-17

"Published by Impact Press, Autumn 2015. The ABYB is a biennial reference publication focusing on international activity in the field of book arts. It serves as a resource for librarians, artists, academics, students, collectors, dealers, publishers and researchers, in fact anyone interested in artists’ books!

Including up to date information on: Artist’s Book Publishers & Presses; Bookshops for artists’ books; Artist’s Book Dealers; Artist’s Book Galleries & Centres; Collections, Libraries & Archives; Artist’s Book Fairs and Events; Book Arts Courses and Workshops; Design, Print & Bind; Print Studios; Journals and Magazines; New Reference Publications; Organisations, People, Projects and Societies.

The ABYB also includes information on artists’ books sent in by 181 artists from: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Norway, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands, UK, USA."
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Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Zineopolis visits Hastings

It was great to meet all the new Illustration for Screen Art  and Graphic Design for Digital Media degree students at the University of Brighton's Hastings Campus on Monday!

I took a selection of lovely zines from the Zineopolis Art-Zine collection and gave a lecture about the collection and how we define an 'Art-Zine'.
In the afternoon I ran a workshop with Paul Burgess (their Course Leader) and we explored the idea of 'GOOD and BAD' through a folded-sheet zine workshop. Here are some images of the day.

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Damp in Ditchwater - the research, development and underlying methodologies that led to the making of this artist’s book.

This is an academic draft paper that seeks to contextualise Damp in Ditchwater. Reflecting back on my artist's books I thought it might be useful to try and explain the creative journey that led to their production. This draft paper explores and shares the research interests behind this title.
Read on issuu by clicking the image.

Damp-in-Ditchwater: A satirical staged narrative revealed through an Artist’s Book

In this paper I will discuss the research, development and underlying methodologies that led to the making of the artist’s book Damp In Ditchwater (Damp Flat Books, Brighton, UK).
It takes the form of a small souvenir postcard book, containing 10 printed cards. The book contains a satirical narrative that in image and text begins in normalcy and concludes in absurdity while seeking nevertheless to achieve an apparent authenticity throughout. I describe the invention of a fictional British seaside location in the spirit of Osbert Lancaster’s Pelvis Bay and Bruce McCall’s Border Town. The town’s unappealing museum is described in terms that seek to conceal its actualities with recourse to the dark and unconvincing humour that Dickens, Eco and Spencer evoke. I then explore the dynamics of the visual and textual account given by the Unreliable Narrator with reference to such writers as Vladimir Nabokov and Raymond Roussel. The narrative structure of the cards is described along with the integration of a sub-narrative of the Crimson Cod. The Postcard format is further discussed together with an exploration of the role of the vintage souvenir postcard in creating aesthetic assumptions discussed by George Orwell’s in his essay on Donald McGill. The paper explores the balance of text and image in a multi-layered exploration of the absurdity of everyday life, and posits an alternative to the crude polemic in making criticisms of the role that industry plays in the life of the community. Damp in Ditchwater seeks to create an editorial strategy that takes its position on the cusp between an overt polemic, and the often ephemeral nature of much visual humour.


Wednesday, 19 August 2015

NEW Thematic Compilation - 'Computers, Apps and Smartphones'

I've put together a thematic compilation, from all the previous issues of Future Fantasteek!, about our relationship with technology. Computers, Apps and Smartphones celebrates our miserable incompetence in the face of computer error messages, incomprehensible alert boxes and smart phone requests about their operating systems - that we simply can't help them with.

Available as an Online Book only at the moment, but I may make a print version later.

I'm also writing a paper about this thematic compilation that will be available here when it's finally finished.

Friday, 24 July 2015

Future Fantasteek! now in Shadek-Fackenthal Library, USA

Copies of Future Fantasteek! Nos. 1, 2, 7, 8, and 16 have just joined the zine collection in
the Shadek-Fackenthal Library at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA


Sunday, 31 May 2015

Future Fantasteek! will be making an appearance at the first Beirut Zine Festival in June

Future Fantasteek! will be making an appearance at the first Beirut Zine Festival, which will be on the 18th June at 18:00 in UTC+03. Artscape Beirut in Beirut, Lebanon.
After the festival Future Fantasteek!  will join the Artscape zine collection - super.

For more details, see the Artscape Poster and link below:

Saturday, 30 May 2015

PhD by Design conference at Leeds College of Art on 14th May

"The event was attended by 29 practice-based design PhD students and researchers from 18 different institutions where we explored different forms of dissemination for practice-based research. Through the day, we wanted to make space for tentative yet innovative ideas rather than gathering around polished knowledge and methods of dissemination. Everyone who attended, presented their work and contributed to the journal, creating a supportive environment for discussion and exploration."

I co-presented the Images in Practice Network that seeks to explore ways to publish and share practice based research for future researchers. I presented an account of how I've digitised my own practice based PhD exploiting freely available technologies and current social networking sites.

This ‘Instant Journal’ was created at the one day PhD By Design event at Leeds College of Art on the 14th of May 2015.

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Women and Domesticity Exhibition

The Domestic Dusters exhibition has moved on! to:

Friday 1st May 2015
The event is being organised by the Centre of Studies of Home and the Queen Mary University London. The dusters will be hung for the day, pop-up style as before, during the event so all the delegates will get a chance to see them. Vanessa will be giving a talk about the project.

How it all began...

I'm delighted to be part of this upcoming exhibition on Women and DomesticityThe Private View will be held from 2-5pm on Saturday 28th February.
We will also be taking donations for Women's Aid at this event.
Studio 11, The Old Printworks, 20 Wharf Road, Eastbourne, BN21 3UG.
The studio is just a few minutes walk from Eastbourne train station and there is parking nearby.

Curated by Vanessa Marr, women were invited to sew their opinions on to a yellow duster.
Love it, loath it, fear it, resent it, or embrace it?
Is it an out-dated expectation or a predictable reality?
What does it mean to you personally?Stitch your perspective onto a duster!"

Here's what I stitched for the show:

Title: Call of Duty

When considering housework I tend to groan inwardly and grit my teeth. It’s like a chore to be endured rather than a task to be enjoyed. I don’t experience the satisfaction of a ‘job well done’ rather a mental image of the Forth Bridge that needs constant attention just to keep going.

I have a collection of homemaking manuals from the '40s -'50s and I particularly enjoy the jolly enthusiasm with which Good Housekeeping explains how to clean your house properly. I’ve stitched their cleaning descriptions exactly, to form the text, but I’ve placed the whole activity within the context of a Play Station game. I enjoyed the notion of ‘housework’ as an entertainment - however unlikely. ‘Call of Duty’ is a pun on the name of a popular series of computer games - but the title seemed very apt here.

Materials: Blue and red embroidery thread sewn onto a yellow duster.
J-cloth cut-out backed with interfacing and sewn on with blue thread.
Added buttons and blue fabric pen lines.
Laundry label attached by 2 small safety pins.

Visit Vanessa's blog for more information and images:

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Pinner Library, Harrow workshop

Thanks to Piner Library in Harrow, London for hosting this workshop for the Library Press on the 28th March. We reused withdrawn library stock with collage to make new artworks. Thanks to everyone at the library and particularly to Joanna for organising everything!

Thanks to Dr. Chris Mullen for donating all the magazines and catalogues for this event and Portsmouth University library for the withdrawn stock to work with.

Thanks to Deborah, Joanna and Hayley for letting me share their great collages!

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Kingsbury Library Workshop

Thanks to Kingsbury Library in Brent for hosting this workshop for the Library Press on the 19th March. I made more new friends and we reused withdrawn library stock with collage to
make new artworks. Thanks to everyone at the library!

Thanks to Dr. Chris Mullen for donating all the magazines and catalogues for this event and Portsmouth University library for the withdrawn stock to work with.

Last workshop:

Saturday 28th March 1.30pm-3.30pm, Pinner Library, Harrow