Chaz Malkin’s Nerd Manifesto got Barrie started, and once he did, there was no stopping him. We now have three posters added to the collection.
As always, the photography could be better…
It’s taken a while (due to work commitments) but the Caseroom Press is gradually whirring back into life. As reported in September, we now have a new home, and this week we have managed to get the press up and running for the first time (even if Barrie did start by managing to ink the press up backwards).
Barrie is producing a new series of posters, the first of which is inspired by the work of Level 1 graphic design student Chaz Malkin. The 1st year were each asked to produce a Manifesto for a Revolution, as part of Lincoln’s Frequency Festival, and her ‘Nerd Manifesto’ has been the inspiration to get him working again. Although he stressed he’s not actually a nerd himself…
Philippa in the meantime has been screen-printing an edition of 50 artworks, and setting type for letterpress printed cards – for a deadline that is getting far too close for comfort!. The project – Voyage 2 – is the second exhibition initiated and curated by Imi Maufe and Rona Rangsch – the first included Philippa’s artists’ book 8 minutes across – this is a development of that work; more details when the project is closer to completion.
It’s good to be back…
Last week Barrie was up in Edinburgh with Caseroom Press chums, Alan Mason, Ken Cockburn and Ali Bowden. They were showing their stuff at the annual Scottish Poetry Library Artists’ Book Fair — By Leaves We Live.
It was a wonderful day in good company and the stall was brightened by Jantze‘s work which we were showing for the first time, as well as the launch of Alan Mason’s The Magazine: January (The first episode of an adventure in thirteen parts).
He also gave a talk about The Art of Letterpress with Leonard McDermid from Stichill Marigold Press – an informal session on the art and love of printing, the room was full to bursting. It went so well it was almost as if they’d planned it.
Apart from that. We can’t help but think Barrie’s been reading Morrissey’s autobiography judging by that pose…
The Caseroom Press took part in the Frequency Festival over the weekend. Barrie and Jantze were joined by Natasha (Graphique Fantastique) Nuttall and together many a Revolution was made.
Our favourites were:
The Revolution will be Amazing, Like Shooting Stars
The Revolution will be Roger
The Revolution will be as soon as I’ve had a nap
The Revolution will be Experienced
The Revolution will be Free
The latest edition of the Artist’s Book Yearbook 2014–15 has just been published and we are happy to show off the Caseroom’s contribution. Barrie has written an article entitled The Typographic Dante, a subject close to his heart — which is an interesting and insightful read and written in true Tullett-style; whilst Philippa has produced one of the nine artist’s pages within the book. The piece entitled A Year with Angie is based on the emails sent between Philippa and artist Angie Butler as they undertook a long-distance collaborative project. Taken out of the context the email titles become a sequence of juxtaposed phrases that plot the creative journey.
The ABYB is edited by Sarah Bodman, art direction by Tom Sowden and published by Impact Press, UWE Bristol.
Thank you to both Tom and Sarah for inviting us to be apart of this biennial publication.
Back in March this year we reported that Philippa had been successful in having work selected to appear in a book called – 500 handmade books – volume 2 – and here it is. Published by Lark Publishing and juried by Julie Chen, the book is available from Amazon at a bargain price of £17.99.
The featured piece is entitled The Daily Desk Diary which used a working environment – namely the desk – to examine the role it played within daily life. The desk was photographed at the same time each day for an entire academic year. The images reveal how the desk evolves over time, with some items consistent throughout the entire process to other more transient objects and ephemera – including a pair of blue rubber gloves, a large cake and four casters.
The two maze books – each representing a semester – open out to form the shape and proportions of the actual desk.
Open House has had plenty of exposure on this blog already over the last year or so, and as we mentioned in March, the project has taken on a new direction. Over the past couple of months, the pair of books have been hosted in the homes of a select group of artists, writers and practitioners and have travelled as far as the US, Norway and Demark, as well as residences in the UK.
Each host is sent a hosting pack, which includes a set of letterpress postcards and snacks for their (very) private view! After hosting the books and producing a review, we ask that each host selects one word from the list of 12 themes (on which our books were based) and produce their own written and photographic response; these are then posted on a separate section of the blog.
We have already received a wonderful selection of reminiscences, and whilst the books still have a few more journeys to undertake, here is a small selection of the responses so far. For the full stories please click on the link below:
Lucy May Schofield – Inheritance
Betty Bright – Souvenir
Emma Powell – Table setting
Tracy Tomlinson – Utensil
Imi Maufe – Souvenir
The Caseroom have finally moved; after a year of uncertainty we are now happily installed in our new space. It’s still a work in progress, but we are optimistic that we’ll be up and running and printing in the next couple of weeks or so.
The move wasn’t without it’s problems – here Barrie despairs over the jumbled mass of wood type – every drawer has been shaken up, so we have many hours of work ahead to get everything back into alphabetical order.
We have though, with limited shelving, managed to organise our relatively small selection of metal type into a better system – all the script faces that we barely use are placed at the bottom and the more popular fonts at the top.
The table-top Farley proofing press thankfully appears to have survived its short journey across the city.
We even have a window!
The collaborative book project between Philippa and Angie Butler of Pet Galerie Press – Open House – will be on display as part of an exhibition curated by Josie Reed entitled ‘To have and to hold’ (an exhibition of 50 beautiful books) at the Flow Gallery in Notting Hill, London from 6-7 September.
Furthermore, Open House will be represented by Reed Contemporary Books at the London Art Book Fair – Whitechapel Gallery – from 13-15 September. See the links below for further details of both events: