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Artist’s Book Yearbook

The Artist’s Book Yearbook for 2016 – 2017 is now on the shelves in Llandaff Library at 708.04082 ART. Earlier editions are available in the Special Collections Room (reference copies).

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“Published by Impact Press, Autumn 2015. The ABYB is a biennial reference publication focusing on international activity in the field of book arts. It serves as a resource for librarians, artists, academics, students, collectors, dealers, publishers and researchers, in fact anyone interested in artists’ books!

The 2016-2017 issue includes essays, interviews and articles by: Susan Johanknecht and Katherine Meynell, Tim Mosely, John Mulloy, John Bently, Collective Investigations, Radoslaw Nowakowski, Paulo Silveira, and others.

Plus up to date information on: Artist’s Book Publishers & Presses; Bookshops for artists’ books; Artist’s Book Dealers; Artist’s Book Galleries & Centres; Collections, Libraries & Archives; Artist’s Book Fairs and Events; Book Arts Courses and Workshops; Design, Print & Bind; Print Studios; Journals and Magazines; New Reference Publications; Organisations, People, Projects and Societies.

The ABYB also includes information on artists’ books sent in by 181 artists from: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Norway, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands, UK, USA.” UWE Centre for Fine Print Research

The next issue for 2018-2019 will be published in Autumn 2017. Follow this link to see how you can list your books – deadline 30th May 2017.

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World Book Day @ Cyncoed Library


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by | February 15, 2017 · 11:12 am

Tree of Codes: Jonathan Safran Foer




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.”



“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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Artist’s Book : Helen Douglas

264 Leda and the Swan ii

A new addition to our Artists’ Books Collection in Llandaff Library.

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Helen Douglas, Leda and the Swan. 

184cm x 17.5 cm concertina, comprising of 52 pages (3.5cm x 17.5cm), printed on Chinese Paper, ultra chrome inks. Card end covers. Edition of 30.

Weproductions 2011

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Artists’ Books: How to Find Rain

How to find Rain or . . . . . . . ‘Tratamiento de una ofrenda para pedir la lluvia: San Pablito Pahuatlan Pue’ by Alfonso García Tellez.


This is an accordion fold, collage book made from bark paper (amate).


Made in 1978 this book explains how to carry out the ceremony to summon rain to a Mexican village – San Pablito Pahuatlan Pue.  On the pages are cut-out images in dark amate of Otomi gods – gods of crops such as sugarcane, corn, black bean, pineapple, coffee, peanuts and so on. Originally these books were produced to preserve knowledge for future generations. The text is handwritten in Spanish.


‘a blog a day during March – artists’ books – the Ron King donation’

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Artists’ Books: E.A.4 “…” ou”…”/”…”or”…”

159 E A 4

E.A.4 “…” ou”…”/”…”or”…”  by Bernard Guerbadot

Published on the occasion of the exhibition of the same name in Lille, February 1990

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Artists’ Books on World Book Day

It’s World Book Day . . . and we’ve just run a workshop for a group of Level 5 students from the School of Art & Design who are embarking on a project run by Tom Martin on artists’ books. After viewing the display of books donated to the library by Ron King, they spent an engaging 90 minutes exploring 50 or so examples of artists’ books from the Special Collection in Llandaff library.


A variety of book structures and bookbinding methods were examined – and there were lively comments about all aspects of the books: the feel and in some cases the smell of the books, the materials used, the methods of binding, the content and text through to the emotions evoked by some of the books.

Over the next few weeks the students will take part in a series of workshops in the print studio before assembling and binding their finished books.  We can’t wait to see them!

‘A blog a day during March – artists’ books – the Ron King donation’


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