greetings to nyc

May 26, 2017

This week we heard from Angie Butler who shared the good news that the letterpress animation made from LENvention 1 in 2013, of which Philippa was part of, will be shown at the New York Centre for Book Arts from July-September 2017 as part of the exhibition ‘Animation and the Book Arts’ – having visited the Centre several times, we never imagined that we would ever have work on show in NYC!

The ‘Greetings’ film can be viewed here.

type tells tales

May 8, 2017

Many, many months ago we were approached by someone working for Steven Heller to see if we were interested in having some work published in a new book he was producing with Gail Anderson – needless to say we jumped at the chance – and last week the rather wonderful Type Tells Tales arrived on our desk. We feel honoured to be in such company as Werkman, Sam Winston, Paula Scher, Robert Massin, Marian Bantjes and many more type heroes and heroines.

fond farewells from uk to usa

May 1, 2017

Fond Farewells, the collaborative book project between Angie Butler and Philippa, is currently making its way to the US having been accepted for the Minnesota Centre for Book Arts upcoming exhibition – Reader’s Art: Control/Alt/Shift. The exhibition opens on 9 June-13 August at the prestigious MCBA, where by coincidence Angie will be speaking as part of the Book Art Biennial 2017 Symposium in July.

macro to micro – milan

April 19, 2017

It’s always lovely to discover that you have a book being featured in an exhibition, in this instance Philippa’s work will appear in Milan as part of the 34th Anniversary – Artists’ Books Archive.
An International Artists’ Books Exhibition from Macro to Micro.

Unfortunately she has no idea which book is being exhibited, although we suspect it could be The Inherited Sewing Box (2nd edition) – with illustrations by Jantze Tullett.

The exhibition will run from 25th May – 30th June 2017 and  is curated by Fernanda Fedi and Gino Gini. The Artists’ Books Archive in Milan was created in 1983 and is one of the most significant Archives in Italy.

 

blogging the blog

April 16, 2017

Eye magazine recently uploaded a post about Barrie’s Typographic Dante.

The piece talks about the starting point for the project – which began when he was a final year student at the Chelsea School of Art, way back in 1989.

The first roughs and preparatory sketches for Canto I.

Planning the Letterpress overprints in detail.

The original ‘note to self’, which led to a project that has carried on over the next 28 years (and counting).

The Typographic Dante is on display at the National Museum of Print, Dublin, until Wednesday 19th April and the exhibition has recently been reviewed by newsfour.ie.

sewing secrets

April 7, 2017

Another book rolled off the Caseroom production line recently. Sewing Secrets is another collaborative edition by Philippa and Tamar MacLellan. They originally began working on this book in 2009 under the title of ABC of Stitching and Sewing, however the project didn’t get far and was shelved for 8 years, until recently, with the Bristol Artists Book Event looming, it seemed an appropriate time to resurrect it. The book uses a collection of old dress patterns that were scanned, reduced then printed and made into small envelopes, a short story is encased within each of the 12 envelopes.

books and friends and cake

April 5, 2017

BABE 2017.

So our favourite book fair that only occurs every two years has been and gone in a flash.

The weekend enabled us to meet up with a host of friends who were also showing work – ABPress, HG Makes, Semple Press, Corinne Welch, Elizabeth Willow, Imi Maufe, Andrew Morrison and many more. Highlights included Passport Control organised by Stephen Fowler (and his assistant niece), the wonderful trolley dolly/grumpy tea lady and her cake-laden tea trolley, the various workshops, and of course, having the opportunity to talk to lots of lovely visitors about our work. Thank you to Sarah and Tom for excellent organisation and roll on 2019!

 

women of the walk

March 22, 2017

   

   

Philippa would like to thank Tom Sowden (art editor of The Blue Notebook: Journal for artists’ books) for asking her to produce an artist’s page for the new edition of the publication. Based on last year’s Meeting in the Middle project with Tamar MacLellan, Women of the Walk (bottom images) was a digitally generated piece that has to work in both b/w and full colour. Other options were considered, but this was the wild-card that was eventually submitted and selected.

http://www.bookarts.uwe.ac.uk/publications/blue-notebook.html

p.s. Being slow to embrace social media and the art of the hashtag, Philippa has only just realised that perhaps it’s time to leave the Flickr site behind and join the other 500 million on Instagram!

the lure of the caseroom

March 14, 2017

In complete contrast to the beautiful and impressive exhibition of Barrie’s in Dublin, Philippa has been doing some small projects in the Caseroom whenever there is a spare 10 minutes! Six postcards have been added to the Endangered Species series – an on-going project with ABPress since 2015… #BABE2017 is looming, hence the flurry of recent activity!

hunkydory

dante in private

February 15, 2017

Brenda Dermody at the Typographic Dante

The Private View for the Typographic Dante took place at Dublin’s National Print Museum last Thursday.

Brenda Dermody is a graphic designer, and design educator with an interest in typography, she represents Ireland on the education team of the International Society of Typographic Designers. Brenda was instrumental in bringing the show to the Museum and spoke about Barrie’s career and the stories behind the work on display.

Dermody Folder

 

Brenda Dermody’s beautiful set of poster designs based on on the Dante prints.
Dermody Folders
Dermody Folder Red
The work looked wonderful in the setting of the gallery space and quickly drew people in to Dante’s journey.
Dante Looking 1
Dante Looking 5
Dante Looking 3
Dante Looking 4
Carla
Again, a huge thank you to Carla and her team for putting on such a wonderful exhibition of the work.
Photos courtesy of Mark Henderson.