What are you doing this weekend?

Public Zine Library Whitstable

Come make zines

Come visit The Public Zine Library in the Whitstable Biennale HQ (aka Kieren Reed’s ‘From the Ground up, (A) Social Building’).

  • Browse through over 160 zines and artist books!
  • Be inspired to help us create the public zine.
  • We’ve had some great works so far from people of all ages from collages to 3d drawings!
  • We’re open Fri-Sunday from 10-6pm so when you’re free from seeing all the work around Whitstable drop in and pull up a chair!
  • Free bookbinding workshop 2-6pm this Sunday June 7th with YOURS GODDAMN TRULY
  • Public Zine Library and Workshop

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Book Arts & Altered Books inspiration

I’m teaching a book arts, altered books & zine-making workshop at the Whitstable Biennale in June this year, and in the run up to it I’ve been getting so enthused about art book making and book binding that I can’t stop trawling the internet for more interesting finds.

Apparently springing from the rather terrifying loins of poet and artist William Blake, book arts, or artist’s books, encompass a rather broad spectrum of physical artwork and now digital artwork. Artists’ books take many shapes, including scrolls, fold-outs, concertinas or loose items contained in a box as well as printed text blocks that are perfect bound just like the books you find in a shop. Artists have been active in printing and book production for centuries, but the artist’s book is primarily a late 20th-century form.

I got into book arts after taking a seminar at the National Print Museum of Ireland in artist book making.

“Artists’ books are books or book-like objects over the final appearance of which an artist has had a high degree of control; where the book is intended as a work of art in itself.” – Stephen Bury

Journal Page by Shelley Malone
Journal Page by Shelley Malone – see her blog here: http://icancolour.blogspot.be/

 

altered book
Friendship Book by Maya over at simplybeing.me

 

The Mini Book of Major Events by Evan Lorenzen
The Mini Book of Major Events by Evan Lorenzen found via http://www.thisiscolossal.com

Where to find fantastic book arts stuff online

  1. Fuck Yeah, Book Arts!
  2. Flickr – the art journaler group
  3. The Artist’s Book Gallery
  4. Artists Book collection at the Victoria & Albert museum in London
  5. Hand Bookbindings in Princeton University

And of course, ESC zine’s print inspiration Pinterest board:

Follow ESC zine’s board Art Journals & Book Arts! on Pinterest.

Taking Charge of the Creativity Brainplosion

Drawing by Santiago Ramón y Cajal of two types of Golgi-stained neurons from the cerebellum of a pigeon
Drawing by Santiago Ramón y Cajal of two types of Golgi-stained neurons from the cerebellum of a pigeon

Cross-Disciplinary Creativity

I’ve been working on a number of different creative things in the past few days –

  • writing poetry
  • turning my novels over in my mind
  • starting a short story
  • how to depict myself in a comic strip.
Andreas Vesalius' Fabrica, published in 1543, showing the base of the human brain, including optic chiasma, cerebellum, olfactory bulbs, etc.
Andreas Vesalius’ Fabrica, published in 1543, showing the base of the human brain, including optic chiasma, cerebellum, olfactory bulbs, etc.

It struck me this morning that these are not all separate projects at all: these are all part of a larger work, and feed into each other. A larger, modular work. I’m creating the Ikea of creativity…or stories or something. If that makes sense.

I have no idea why it took me so long to realise this.

I have no idea how I didn’t realise before that I think in collage.

I’m always finding or making connections between disparate materials or scraps of information.

An ad on TV, a panel from a graphic novel, a topic to write for a client’s blog posts, a scene from my novel…the shape of the trees outside my window, someone’s photographs on tumblr, a piece of quantum mechanic theory, the shape of computer code with the visuals all stripped away. My mind moves at a billion miles a minute but that’s how it is and I’ve just realised that I should embrace this fact.

These constant connections and ways of making and of being make me and my work who I am and what it is.

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