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Special Collections at Llandaff Campus Library, Cardiff Metropolitan University

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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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AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN TRAVEL

AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN TRAVEL

a monthly photographic zine by Chiara Ambrosio

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“As Far As The Eye Can Travel is a paper Wunderkammer that gathers together geographies of the mind, topographies of the soul and physical excavations: curious chance encounters, moments of discovery, unexpected revelations that will surprise, enchant and spark uncharted flights of the imagination as far as the eye can- and will- travel. 

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It is a magnifying glass through which to look at the real world anew and reveal all the magic and wonder that lies within it …”

 

Follow this link to read the full article about this fabulous set of  books we now have in our Artists’ Books Collection at Llandaff. Bought from the equally fabulous bookartbookshop!

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Library Treasures: Artists’ Books

Currently on show at Llandaff Library ground floor

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Bookmarks: Infiltrating the Library System 2017 – 2018

Free bookmarks in Llandaff Library’s Special Collections!

We are delighted to be one of the host venues for the fifteenth and final outing of UWE’s Bookmarks series. Part I of the free artwork distribution series launched in 2004 and has since visited 159 galleries, bookstores, workshops, centres, schools, museums and libraries across the world.

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“The series grew out of an aim to encourage appreciation and awareness of artists working in the book format. Participating artists each produced an edition of 100 signed and numbered bookmarks which were divided into 100 sets; one full set being sent to each of the contributing artists and the rest divided and sent out in distribution boxes to host venues around the world, for visitors to discover.

Since 2004, 598 artists have contributed 59,800 bookmarks to the project. Each bookmark is stamped with the current project’s website address, which directs the taker of the bookmark to the gallery section of the website. Visitors can view works by the artists and contact contributors via their website and email links on the site.

As interest in artists’ books practice has grown internationally over the years, the bookmarks projects have now reached a natural conclusion. 2017 sees the final iteration of the project, and alongside sending bookmarks out to the final 10 venues Bower Ashton library at UWE, Bristol will host a free bookmarks archive giveaway to celebrate 15 outings of Bookmarks!

Bookmarks XV will visit ten venues from September 2017 – February 2018 in Germany, New Zealand, Sweden, the UK and USA. The final set has 54 artists and groups who have sent their bookmarks from Australia, Canada, Germany, Hawaii, Italy, Sweden the UK and USA.”

To read more about the project and the artists from this and previous years visit UWE’s Bookarts web pages at http://www.bookarts.uwe.ac.uk/bookmarks/

If you would like to visit Cardiff Met’s Artists’ Books Collection please email SpecialCollections@cardiffmet.ac.uk or call in to room L2.04 during one of our Drop-in Sessions: term-time Wednesdays 2 – 4 and Fridays 10 – 12.

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Cardiff Artists’ Books

We’ll be here!

Saturday 9th Sept. Cardiff Met’s Library Special Collections will be here with Cardiff Uni’s SCOLAR at this first Cardiff Artists’ Books event. Do call in for a chat, join in with the workshops, browse the stalls and see (and hear!) the performances.

 

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