Red Fox Press

22 Sep

Last week, I visited Francis Van Maele from the Red Fox Studios on Achill Island. It was a typical day weatherwise for the west of Ireland – damp, misty and windy – the perfect weather for going to Achill!  After a two-hour drive dodging sheep, I reached the cottage studio which is situated on the northern tip of the island, looking out onto the Altantic.

Here Francis and his friend Anticham have a bookshop selling the many artist books that they produce together. Themes of these books range from photos of salt & pepper mills to homages to Fluxus artists, from found childhood photos of car registation plates to visual poetry books.

Most of the books are screenprinted using oil-based inks which results in beautifully rich colours and others are digitally printed. All of the books are skilfully bound, experimenting with unusual bindings and materials.

I could have spent a week there looking through all the amazing books on display! Their bookshop is also online but if you happen to be passing through Achill Island, I’d definitely recommend calling in.

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