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Dracula’s Crossing

Dracula’s Crossing is a new addition to Cardiff Met’s Artists’ Books Collection, much enjoyed during today’s artists’ books workshop in the Special Collections at Llandaff with CSAD L5 Artist Designer: Maker students.

If you would like to arrange an Artists’ Books workshop or to find out more about our Special Collections, please email SpecialCollections@cardiffmet.ac.uk

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Laser cut booklet inspired by text from Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

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Tree of Codes: Jonathan Safran Foer

 

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This is how publishers Visual Editions describe this book – a new addition to our library in Llandaff and currently on the new books display:

“Tree of Codes is one of our most celebrated titles. It has won awards (D&AD In Book Award, Book Design, 2011) served as the inspiration for Wayne McGregor’s contemporary ballet at the 2015 Manchester International Festival and has sold over 30,000 copies.

Our early conversations with Jonathan Safran Foer about Tree of Codes began with Jonathan saying he was curious to explore and experiment with the die-cut technique. With that as our mutual starting point, we spent many months of emails and phone calls, exploring the idea of the pages’ physical relationship to one another and how this could somehow be developed to work with a meaningful narrative. This led to Jonathan deciding to use an existing piece of text and cut a new story out of it. Having considered working with various texts, Jonathan decided to cut into and out of what he calls his “favourite book”: The Street of Crocodiles by Bruno Schulz.”

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“As Jonathan began to carve out his story, we started doing our production homework and literally got turned down by every printer we approached – their stock line being “the book you want to make just cannot be made”. Thankfully, we found Die Keure in Belgium who relished the challenge of making a book with a different die-cut on every page. Designed by Sara De Bondt Studio. Cover designed by Jon Gray.”

Follow the link above to the publisher’s website to see a video of the production of this amazing book.

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50 Years of Artists’ Books

The Library’s Artists’ Books Collection is growing rapidly. The term ‘Artist’s Book’ refers to books made or conceived by an artist – artworks in their own right.

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Whilst many contemporary books have been bought for the collection, others have been donated or moved from the main shelves of the library into the Special Collections. From these we find that we have books representing each of the decades since the 1960s.  To celebrate this – that our collection covers fifty of the 150 years of Cardiff Metropolitan University and the School of Art & Design – we feature examples from across those fifty years in a display on the ground floor of Llandaff Library. In this exhibition, individually crafted books, hand printed and bound, sit alongside works that were published inexpensively in unlimited editions in order to bring artwork to a wider audience. Some are recognisably traditional casebound book format, whilst others have more sculptural qualities.  All can be seen during workshops run for students, staff and community groups.

 A Humument by Tom Phillips 1982, The Paper Snake by Ray Johnson 1965, An Anecdoted Topography of Chance by Daniel Spoerri 1966, They Called Her Styrene by Edward Rusha 2000

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Further examples can be seen in the Heartspace of Cardiff School of Art & Design 4 Dec 2015 to 18 Dec 2015 12 noon. Please Turn Over: The Artists’ Book is an exhibition of book arts work by students and staff of Cardiff School of Art and Design which considers artists’ books as creative process, living archive and research catalyst. Also on show will be artists’ books from Cardiff Metropolitan University Library’s Artists’ Books Collection, some donated by Ron King from his personal collection, also works by other significant artists such as Gilbert & George, Ed Ruscha, Dieter Roth and Sol Lewitt.

 

 

These exhibitions complement the conference Livres d’Artistes: The Artist’s Book in Theory & Practice held at Cardiff University 4 – 6 Dec 2015.

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Please Turn Over: The Artists’ Book

A Cardiff School of Art & Design and Library exhibition: ‘Please Turn Over: The Artists’ Book’ opens tomorrow in the Heartspace on the 1st floor of Cardiff School of Art & Design at Cardiff Metropolitan University’s Llandaff Campus December 4th 10.00am to December 18th 12.00 noon.

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“Take the book, my friend, & read your eyes out; you will never find there what I find.”       Ralph Waldo Emerson, Journal entry Feb 18, 1832

Please Turn Over: The Artists’ Book is an exhibition of book arts work by students and staff of Cardiff School of Art and Design, which considers artists’ books as creative process, living archive and research catalyst. Also on show will be artists’ books from Cardiff Metropolitan University Library’s Artists’ Books Collection, some donated by Ron King from his personal collection, also works by other significant artists such as Gilbert & George, Ed Ruscha, Dieter Roth and Sol Lewitt.

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Also featured is ‘Open Books’ an international touring exhibition: the response by 16 artists to Chinese folding books.

Further to this, we look forward to welcoming Ron King, John Christie and Sam Winston on Friday afternoon to view the exhibition, meet with CSAD and Library staff and students in advance of LIVRES D’ARTISTES: THE ARTIST’S BOOK conference being held this weekend at Cardiff University.

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The Art of the Book: Call for Papers

‘The Art of the Book’, Cardiff University, December 4-6 2015

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In 2014 Cardiff University received a considerable donation of Artists’ Books from Ron King of the Circle Press, one of the most influential practitioners of the Book Arts. In December of this year, the University’s Special Collections and Rare Books (SCOLAR) will be hosting a major international conference to celebrate this bequest. Speakers will include Ron King (Circle Press), Sarah Bodman (University of the West of England), and Chris McCabe (Poetry Library).

Proposals are now invited from practitioners and scholars for presentations of 20 minutes on any aspect of the Book Arts. A brief biographical note, along with an abstract of 200-300 words, should be sent NO LATER THAN October 1, 2015, to scolar@cardiff.ac.uk. Practitioners in attendance are encouraged to bring examples of their work for display at the conference.

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Cardiff Metropolitan University Library also received a donation of almost 40 books from Ron King in 2014; further details of which can be seen in blog posts for the month of March 2015. These are now included in the Artists’ Books Collection in the Library and can be found in the library catalogue.

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CSAD students’ artists’ books on show in Llandaff Library

P1040685a P1040705a P1040678a P1040711a P1040712a P1040697aFollowing on from participation in workshops at SCOLAR (Ron King’s Circle Press books) and in Cardiff Metropolitan’s Artists’ Books Collection, CSAD students undertook an artists’ books project with Tom Martin, learning different techniques in print, paper making and bookbinding.  We are delighted to display some of the finished books on the ground floor of Llandaff Library alongside some of the inspirational books from our library’s own Artists’ Books Collection.

“An exhibition encasing hand bound and printed artist’s books. Exploring the definition of what is classified as a book and challenging the boundaries of any conventions, through experimentation with print, hand-made papers, typeface and use of unusual materials. Taking inspiration from a selection of artists’ books from Llandaff Library’s Special Collections, students and staff from Cardiff School of Art and Design make their own unique response, exploiting a diverse range of techniques in print making: mono print, lino print, screen print and collagraph along with added extra elements: pockets; hidden folds and found objects such as: feather, leaves, moss and hair.”  Sarah Thomas,  Exhibition Curator

Thanks to Sarah Thomas and Felicity Lockyear for curating this display and to the artists Gemma Schiebe, Julia Hopkins, Kim Jones, Sophie Burrows, Felicity Lockyear and Sarah Thomas.

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Volumes of Vulnerability and Somerset Stones on display

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On display until May 5th in N Block ground floor In Gallery display cabinet in Cardiff School of Art and Design are two multi-part artists’ books Volumes of Vulnerability and Somerset Stones.

Volumes of Vulnerability curated by Susan Johanknecht and Katharine Meynell explores multiple artists’ views on risk and vulnerability and contains 20 artists’ books, a catalogue, an audio tape, a floppy disc and a CD-ROM. The work was published to accompany a touring exhibition ‘Volumes (of vulnerability)’ opening at The Standpoint Gallery 13th January – 20th February 2000 to coincide with the Millennium.

Somerset Stones is a work by Jill Barker revealing her explorations within a theme and comprises a ledger style drop back box containing letterpress and found objects with mirror, digital and woodblock prints, table of contents and description of the work. The work also contains four hardback bound books labelled vols 1 – 4 each containing a pebble and cut paper pages, one digital print of the pebble and a tide table for Watchett Jan-April. ‘Gift from the Sea’ is also part of the work – torn sheets of Somerset white satin paper in a flower press with digital print and stones with eye carving, two beach pebbles mounted on top and fixed with vacuum pack plastic.

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