A new addition to the collection at Llandaff Library is Karel Martens’ Printed Matter
“The work of Karel Martens occupies an intriguing place in the present European art-and-design landscape. Martens can be placed in the tradition of Dutch modernism – in the line of figures such as Piet Zwart, H.N. Werkman, Willem Sandberg. Yet he maintains some distance from the main developments of our time: from both the practices of routinized modernism and of the facile reactions against this. His work is both personal and experimental. At the same time, it is publicly answerable. Over the now 50 years of his practice, Martens has been prolific as a designer of books. He has also made contributions in a wide range of design commissions, including stamps, coins, signs on buildings. Intimately connected with this design work has been his practice as an artist. This started with geometric and kinetic constructions, and was later developed in work with the very material of paper; more recently he has been making relief prints from found industrial artefacts. This book looks for new ways to show and discuss the work of a designer and artist, and is offered in the same spirit of experiment and dialogue that characterizes the work it presents”. From the publisher – Hyphen Press – website.
This is a reference only book, which cannot be borrowed, but if you would like to read it in the library it can be found on the new books display until 9th November and then on the shelves at 741.6092 MAR
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.
Post-war to post-modern: A dictionary of artists in Wales. An illustrated survey of the careers of artists and applied artists in Wales covering the period 1945-2015
These will be on display on the 2nd floor of Llandaff Library until 3rd February after which time they can be borrowed. You can place a reservation on any of these by following the links to the library catalogue SUMMON.
Dave Fougner initially published this book in the hope that it would encourage men to take up knitting, or that those who did would openly embrace it. In it, he provides step-by-step guide for beginners as well as those taking up the needles again.
Do come and browse – it’ll be on display for just the next week – place a reservation if you wish, by going to the library catalogue SUMMON.