Tag Archives: artist books

Golden bird artist’s journal

28 Feb

A short while ago, I was asked to create an artist’s journal that had a vintage feel whilst avoiding looking too traditional. After discussing several different ideas, he chose a Japanese binding with heavy velvety paper with a hand-ripped edge.

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At the start, the client was torn between several papers but I think he made a good choice with the beautiful green paper who’s golden birds give the book a slightly whimsical feel. This journal was made to accommodate the addition of extra photos and other memorabilia – a scrapbook of sorts. This was enabled by adding several spacers along the spine of the binding.

I particularly like the inscription ‘Lee Lee Angels’ – it seems to match the quaint quality of this journal. I experimented with several different fonts before choosing one called ‘Free Booter Script’.

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‘Recognition’ Artist book

4 Dec

I recently made an artist’s book called ‘Recognition’. It deals with themes of self-recognition and how one’s sense of self has changed rapidly since the advent of photography, in particular digital photography.

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This binding is called a drum leaf binding. It is a contemporary binding which allows the book to lie completely flat, allowing images to be read as a whole across two pages. It is ideal for artist’s books and also works well as a portfolio.

It was recently exhibited at the Temple Bar Gallery in Dublin as part of their annual Artist Book Fair. 

NIVAL Collection

27 Jan

I recently found out that two of my artist’s books are part of the NIVAL collection in NCAD, Dublin. The National Irish Visual Arts Library was set up in the 1990s with the aim of documenting all aspects of 20th century and contemporary Irish art and design and providing public access to the collection.

The library has a large collection of artist’s books and often exhibit them at fairs. It was at this year’s Dublin Art Book Fair that I came across one of my artist’s books on their stand!

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There are many definitions of what an artist’s book is but simply put, it is a work of art realised in the form of a book. They are usually published in small editions and sometimes are one-of-a-kind books.

Above are photos of ‘Roll call’, an artist’s book containing an alphabetical list of Ghost Estates in Ireland and ‘Invisible Lines’, an artist’s book based on a participatory art project I organised.

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.