Sunday, 1 February 2015

Collage Workshops in London for the Library Press during Feb and March

The Library Press is a new creative community publishing project.
We aim to connect creative individuals and communities with their local library services and engage and inspire new audiences to be creative with writing and publishing. A collaboration between 7 London boroughs, our festival of workshops ranging from how to get started with creative writing and comic books, through to handmaking books, using books for art and advice on self-publishing takes place between February and April 2015. http://www.librarypress.org.uk/


As part of this festival, I'll be running a series of collage workshops in London Boroughs:

Saturday 28th February 2pm-4pm, Wimbledon Library, Merton

Thursday 5 March 6pm – 7.30pm, Hounslow Library , Hounslow

Saturday 7 March 2pm – 4pm, Torridon Road Library, Lewisham

Wednesday 18 March 6pm – 7.30pm, Gallery at Central Library, Islington

Thursday 19 March 6pm – 7.30pm, Kingsbury Library, Brent

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


About the workshops:

If your life were a book what would the cover look like?

We’ll be exploring life stories and remembered incidents using withdrawn library books in this collage workshop. Withdrawn library books are usually thrown away – but they have been through many hands before ours and they convey on their covers the wear and tear of a well loved object. As humans we also show our wear and tear over time – but we can use old book covers to share our life experiences, our humour and our creativity. We will be breathing new life into unwanted books by creating new artworks with them.

Materials will be provided but you could also bring things with you if you wish, like old photos, or ephemera (like old tickets, letters, scraps), maybe even your favourite writing or drawing materials. Or any old images from magazines or books that you’d be happy to cut up to collage with.

No previous experience is necessary just allow yourself some time and space to play with your ideas, unwanted books and let your creativity flow. If you want to join me, just pop along at the times, libraries listed above.



For more about The Library Press:
http://www.librarypress.org.uk/

To see more of my collages made with withdrawn library books:
https://withdrawnbooks.wordpress.com/



Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Women and Domesticity Exhibition

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.
"WHAT’S YOUR OPINION?
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:

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

The British Library are going to archive Future Fantasteek!

Great news! The British Library are going to archive my Future Fantasteek! for the future
...how fantasteek.


The British Library would like to archive the following website:



The British Library would like to archive your website in the UK Web Archive. The UK Web Archive was established in 2004 to capture and archive websites from the UK domain, responding to the challenge of a ‘digital black hole’ in the nation’s memory. It contains specially selected websites that represent different aspects of online life in the UK. We work closely with leading UK institutions to collect and permanently preserve the UK web, and our archive can be seen at http://www.webarchive.org.uk/

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Artist's Book: Be Nice When It's Finished - Berlin




I'm please to announce Be Nice When It's Finished - Berlin has just been purchased by the National Art Library in the V & A Museum, London. The book joins their prestigious bookarts collection.
 

Be Nice When It's Finished - Berlin
Leporello constructed from a single A3 sheet folded to make 16 pages.
80mm X 100mm with separate grey card folding cover with silver lining and silver 'pipe' on front.
Red and white ribbon is bound into the book to resemble builder's hazard tape, and keep the book closed. Brighton 2014. Edition of 20 - all numbered and signed plus embossed with Damp Flat Books name.

Micro Artist's Book celebrating the major building works that have become a regular feature of Berlin. After visiting Berlin in 2006 I was amazed at the scale of building works and in a return visit in 2013 it was still just as frenzied. A walk round the city made me feel as if I was in a real-life 'Sim City' that was constantly being knocked down and rebuilt around me, I took lots of photos of the pink pipes, cranes, hazard tape and false facades. Berlin is a dynamic place to be and there's a strange feeling that if you turn your back the building behind you might not be there when you turn around again. It's 25 years since the Wall has come down but the city itself has still not worked out what it's wants to be and the transformations are constant. The title of the book is from a quip my uncle Harry used to make when we came across building works in London (or any city) - "London, be nice when it's finished". I love the idea that one day Berlin will be finished, - maybe I'll visit in another seven years and have a look.










Monday, 1 December 2014

Future Fantasteek! on show in Russia 1st August - 30th September

The RUKSSIAN Artists’ Books exhibition is about to move to a new location.
The Pavel Kuznetsov Museum, Saratov, Russia.
1st August - 30th September 2014

I am showing Future Fantasteek! Nos. 12, 14 and 15


Curators: Sarah Bodman, Mikhail Pogarsky, Vasily Vlasov, Viktor Lukin. Artists’ books speak the international language of art. These books can be understood in almost any corner of the world. Artists, who work in the genre of the artist’s book professionally form a large international community. However, the artist’s book like any other artform has its own regional and national peculiarities.

Apart from the language in which the text is presented, there are various historical roots from which the artist’s book has emerged and on which the contemporary tree of this artform grows. In every country and in every city young artists learn many things from prominent artists and as such, new formal and informal schools of thought around the artist’s book are formed.

The international project "RUKSSIAN Artists' Books' aims to demonstrate the unique and common features of the artist's book, presenting works by artists from the UK and Russia united by national artistic traditions.

British artists: Alice Potter, Andy Parsons & Glenn Holman, Angie Butler, Anwyl Cooper-Willis, Barrie Tullett, Caseroom Press/Scottish Poetry Library, Charlotte Hall, Christopher Robinson, Craig Atkinson, Duncan Bullen & Jamie Crofts, Elizabeth Willow & David Armes, Guy Begbie, Hazel Grainger, Helen Douglas & Thomas Evans, Iain Biggs & Josh Biggs, Jackie Batey, Jeremy Dixon, Joan Ainley, John Bently, John McDowall, J P Willis, Julie Johnstone, Les Bicknell, Liz Jackson, Nancy Campbell, Otto, Pauline Lamont-Fisher, Philippa Wood & Tamar MacLellan, Sarah Bodman, seekers of lice, Simon Goode, Simon Le Ruez, Sophie Loss, Stephen Fowler, Susan Johanknecht, Theresa Easton, Tom Sowden.

Russian artists: Nikita Alekseev, Tatiana Antoshina, Vasily Vlasov, Sergei Vorobyov, Viktor Goppe, Emil Guzairov, Aleksander Dzhikiya, Mikhail Dronov, Igor Zadera, Mikhail Karasik, Valery Korchagin, Nikolai Krastchin, Viktor Lukin, Kira Matissen, Valery Orlov, Peter Perevezentsev, Mikhail Pogarsky, Sergei Romashko, Aleksander Savelyev, Dmitry Saenko, Aleksander Svirsky, Vera Khlebnikova, Evelina Schatz, Sergei Shutov, Gunel Yuran, Sergei Yakunin.

Pavel Kuznetsov Museum, Radischev str., 39, Saratov 410000, Russia

http://www.russianmuseums.info/M1381
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The information at the start of the Exhibition in 13th March 2014.

I am delighted to have been invited to exhibit three issues of Future Fantasteek! Nos. 12, 14 and 15 as part of the following international exhibition.

RUKSSIAN Artists Book
Artist’s Book in the UK and Russia
International Project

(Following text from Sarah Bodman - curator).

Organisers: 
State Historical, Architectural, Art and Landscape Museum-Reserve «Tsaritsyno», Moscow
International Association «Kniga Khudozhnika», Moscow
Book Arts at the Centre for Fine Print Research, UWE Bristol, UK.

Curators: Sarah Bodman, Mikhail Pogarsky, Vasily Vlasov, Viktor Lukin, 

Place: Tsaritsyno State Historical, Architectural, Art and Landscape Museum-Reserve, Moscow

Date: 13th March – 18th May 2014

Concept: Artists’ books speak the international language of art. These books can be understood in almost any corner of the world. All artists, who work in the genre of the artist’s book professionally form a large international community. However, the artist’s book like any other artform has its own regional and national peculiarities. Apart from the language in which the text is presented, there are various historical roots from which the artist's book has emerged and on which the contemporary tree of this artform grows. In every country and in every city young artists learn many things from prominent artists and as such, new formal and informal schools of thought around the artist’s book are formed.

The international Project “R
UKSSIAN Artists’ Books” aims to demonstrate the unique and common features of the artist's book, presenting works by artists from the UK and Russia united by national artistic traditions.


British artists: Angie Butler, Anwyl Cooper-Willis, Barrie Tullett, Charlotte Hall, Christopher Robinson, Craig Atkinson, Elizabeth Willow & David Armes, Guy Begbie, Hazel Grainger, Helen Douglas & Thomas Evans, Jackie Batey, Jeremy Dixon, John Bently, John McDowall, Julie Johnstone, Les Bicknell, Nancy Campbell, Otto, Pauline Lamont-Fisher, Philippa Wood & Tamar MacLellan, Sarah Bodman, seekers of lice, Simon Goode, Simon Le Ruez, Sophie Loss, Stephen Fowler, Susan Johanknecht, Theresa Easton, Tom Sowden.

Russian artists: Nikita Alekseev, Tatiana Antoshina, Vasily Vlasov, Sergei Vorobyov, Viktor Goppe, Emil Guzairov, Aleksander Dzhikiya, Mikhail Dronov, Igor Zadera, Mikhail Karasik, Valery Korchagin, Nikolai Krastchin, Viktor Lukin, Kira Matissen, Valery Orlov, Peter Perevezentsev, Mikhail Pogarsky, Sergei Romashko, Aleksander Savelyev, Dmitry Saenko, Aleksander Svirsky, Vera Khlebnikova, Evelina Schatz, Sergei Shutov, Gunel Yuran, Sergei Yakunin.



Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Practice-Based PhD online version available soon.

As an experiment I'm trying various ways of formatting my practice-based PhD for online readers.
This is Volume One of eight. This book was made as a limited edition hand bound book, here I've converted it to a PDF via InDesign, then added links in Acrobat and uploaded to Scribd. Hopefully this mechanism will prove useful, any comments would be interesting drop me an email.
I explored using Issuu but interactive links are only supported by paying for a rather expensive subscription. You can download to read on a computer and then hyperlinks (that I've added to make readability smoother) will work - but they're not supported on an ipad (why? Gawd knows, it's not exactly new technology). The onscreen versions do support links via Scribd (Googledrive didn't support links). I found links created in InDesign were flaky but adding them to a PDF via Acrobat was much more successful.

The Safe Cigarette: Visual Strategies of Reassurance in American advertisements
for cigarettes, 1945 - 1964 - Volume One





https://www.scribd.com/doc/244401868/The-Safe-Cigarette-Vol-1

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Talk to the Sussex Book Arts Group

I was invited by Dorry Smallman to give a talk about my work to the lovely folks at the Sussex Book Arts Group in Brighton at the Phoenix Gallery. I visited this morning and presented a selection of my artist's books and zines for the group to look through. We had a discussion about themes within my books and zines with particular reference to how satire and humour can highlight social issues. We also talked about production methods, papers, binding and how everyone hates their printer.

For more on the group visit their blog here...http://bookartsinsussex.blogspot.co.uk/






And thanks to Dorry Smallman the group's organiser for the following photos.





Monday, 4 August 2014

See my collages being projected at Tate Britain during August!

Damp Flat collages are going to be projected at Tate Britain during the Source Spotlight Display – Texture & Collage month! Images (which are credited), can now be viewed on digital screens as part of the display alongside works in the collection at Tate Britain.

All information is here:
http://www.tate.org.uk/source





Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Interview by Gretchen King for TYCI Blog

Gretchen King interviews artist Jackie Batey about her artistic process and influences for TYCI
"The Internet has a magical way of taking one down the rabbit hole during an innocent image search. This holds true with my recent discovery of UK based artist Jackie Batey. While doing a Google image search for ‘vintage b&w zines’ I clicked on an image that intrigued me. This led me down the rabbit hole that turned out to be Jackie’s collection of work." TYCI Blog
 Read the full interview here... http://www.tyci.org.uk/wordpress/interview-jackie-batey/

"TYCI - A collective run by women. We explore and celebrate all things femme, providing an open forum for discussion and a place to share ideas and make connections. We write about things which affect us and put together features on art, theatre, music, film, politics, current affairs and most things in between." From TYCI website.

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

HOME now on show at the V and A Museum.


HOME is to be exhibited at the Vand A Museum, London, as part of the display curated by Deborah Sutherland.
Building Memories: The Art of Remembering
As part of Sky Arts Ignition: Memory Palace.

More information can be found via the link below.
http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/2801/building-memories-the-art-of-remembering-4161/