Following 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.
‘A blog a day in March – artists’ books’ – the Ron King donation’
It’s not too late to visit Cardiff University’s Special Collections and Archives (SCOLAR) exhibition of Ron King’s Circle Press publications. Several Art & Design undergraduates from Cardiff Met were invited to help create this exhibition. For a details here is SCOLAR’s blog . . . .
Special Collections and Archives / Casgliadau Arbennig ac Archifau
Ron King was born in Brazil in 1932. He entered the Chelsea School of Art in London in 1951. He launched his Circle Press in 1967 with his work, ‘The Prologue’ from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. An innovative artist, he was also an innovative entrepreneur, and made many trips to North America where there was a ready market for his artist books. After many international exhibitions, and working with over one hundred artists and writers in the intervening years, and producing well over one hundred pieces of work, Ron King retired from publishing in 2009. He kindly donated his personal collection of artists’ books to Cardiff University in 2014.
Ron King & Roy Fisher, Anansi Company. Circle Press, 1992.
Ron King, Alphabeta concertina. Circle Press, 1983. (Two editions of 1,000 copies)
“The idea for my first book came from a visit to the National Art Library at the Victoria & Albert…
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“Gérard Duchêne portraitiste” = “Gerard Duchene portrait”
by Bernard GUERBADOT and Alain BUYSE
Published on the occasion of an exhibition of the work of Gérard Duchêne the Galerie Epreuve d’Artiste, Lille, Feb. 3-5 Mar. 1989
‘A blog a day during March – artists’ books – the Ron King donation’