Special Collections drop-in sessions

Special Collections drop-in

If you can’t make these times and would like to visit, then just email and we’ll arrange a time for you to call in.

 

 

 

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New Books

Do check out the displays around the library of new books – many of which are on the 2nd floor of Llandaff Library.

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Mid-Century Modern Complete (745.2 BRA)

One mighty big read, featured here, is Dominic Bradbury’s Mid Century Modern Complete from Thames & Hudson . . .

“This definitive survey of one of the most popular, collectable and dynamic periods of international design offers a rich overview of all aspects of the subject. Mid-century furniture, lighting, glass, ceramics, textiles, product design, industrial design, graphics and posters are covered, as well as architecture and interior design, exemplifying post-war optimism and energy, use of innovative and affordable materials and forms of mass manufacture, and newly developed precepts of ‘good design’.

Nearly 100 major and influential creators of the mid-century period are highlighted, whether based in Scandinavia, Western Europe, America, Japan, Brazil or Australia. They include icons such as Saul Bass, Robin Day, Charles and Ray Eames, Marimekko, Isamu Noguchi, Dieter Rams, Lucie Rie and Paolo Venini, as well as architects Alvar Aalto, Philip Johnson, Richard Neutra and Oscar Niemeyer.

An additional illustrated dictionary features hundreds more key mid-century designers and manufacturers as well as important organisations, schools and movements.

The book showcases both classic designs and mass-produced items as well as little-seen rarities and unusual objets d’art. Complete with thirteen specially commissioned essays by renowned experts and over 1,000 mainly colour illustrations, it is a must-have for any design aficionado, collector or reader seeking inspiration for their home”.

All books on display can be borrowed.

 

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New Books

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Currently on display (and available for loan) on the 2nd floor of Llandaff Library.

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Artist’s Books: ottoGraphic

On display at Cardiff Met’s Llandaff Library are eight works from Cardiff Met’s Artists’ Books Collection by ottoGraphic.

Otto is a Graphic Artist who practices as Illustrator, Screen Printer and Book Artist. He has worked as Editorial Illustrator since graduating in 1991 from Bristol Polytechnic in Graphic Design. After a Masters in Illustration at Kingston University. In 1996 Otto was among a handful of Illustrators pioneering a conceptual graphic style based on screen print and collage, often accompanying texts on the Internet revolution.  Otto’s illustration method is derived from Russian Constructivist design, which provided the visual backdrop to the political revolution in Russia 100 years earlier.  During his career Otto made countless illustrations for numerous international print publications including The Guardian, The Independent, The Times, The Economist, Libération, Le Monde, The New York Times, Der Freitag, Cicero.

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Flat Holm

Twenty years ago Otto began creating and publishing screen printed books. His first participation at an Artists’ book fair was at the Barbican in 1996 where he showed his conceptual visual narrative ‘Helping You Back to Work’. Since then he has been presenting books at major Artists’ Book Fairs around the world and has now published in excess of 50 titles.

Galactic Narrowboat & Folding Space Ship

All the books are made by him at Marshfield Print Studio. He creates the concept, the illustrations, screen prints and binds the books himself. On some titles he has worked with writers or poets. Otto runs a printmaking workshop near Bath, UK, which also offers open access to other Artists.

Other works on show: Planets, The Return of Europa, We will rule the world, Camino de Santiago and Schrödinger’s card.

These books will soon be added to our Artists’ Books Collection. To arrange a visit please email SpecialCollections@cardiffmet.ac.uk. You can also read more about these works at Otto’s website here.

 

 

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Books on Books

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Currently on display on the 2nd floor of Llandaff Library – books on books – book history, bindings, book design, exhibition catalogues and more. Included are two new books by Keith Houston.

In The Book (002.09 HOU) Keith Houston reveals that the paper, ink, thread, glue and board from which a book is made tell as rich a story as the words on its pages-of civilisations, empires, human ingenuity and madness. In an invitingly tactile history of this 2,000 year-old medium, Houston follows the development of writing, printing, the art of illustrations, and binding to show how we have moved from cuneiform tablets and papyrus scrolls to the hardcovers and paperbacks of today. Sure to delight book lovers of all stripes with its lush, full-colour illustrations, The Book gives us the momentous and surprising history behind humanity’s most important-and universal-information technology.

Shady characters: ampersands, interrobangs and other typographical curiosities.  (411.09HOU ) Where does the ampersand get its name from? What does the hashtag have to do with commerce in ancient Rome? Keith Houston gives the answers in this delightfully entertaining book.From the pilcrow to the ampersand, the entire cast of Shady Characters reflects the changes in written communication through the ages, charting how punctuation has adapted to each new technological innovation. Together, these shady characters form a rich, entertaining and surprising history of the written word and our ongoing attempts to shape it

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Morocco travels

We’re delighted that the CSAD Level 5 Field project students could explore our Artists’ Books Collection before their journey to Marrakesh in January. As their Lecturer, Chris Glynn said “students inspired, seeds sown”. Job done! We’re even more delighted that their resulting work is now on display on the ground floor of Llandaff Library. On show until 24th April.

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Special thanks to Chris Glynn & students for showing the sights of Morocco this lunchtime & their marvellous artistic creations

 

 

 

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International Women’s Day

On International Women’s Day I decided to ‘fly a kite’ in the Library’s catalogue MetSearch . . . .

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Using the word ‘women’ in the Journal A-Z title search resulted in 138 hits. Titles such as Women in Mind: A Feminist Journal dedicated to all Voices, Contemporary Women’s Writing, Women’s Art Journal and Make (Published by the Women’s Art Library) are just a taster of the titles. Do take a look . . . . and have a play around with different key word searches. In addition to the print journals, which you can browse in the library, we subscribe to thousands of electronic journals which you can read online anywhere. Just make sure you are logged in as a Cardiff Met user (and don’t forget the sign-in tab at the top righthand corner of the MetSearch page) to access these.International Women’s Day

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