Bound to Bristol

February 20, 2018

Philippa is happy to have work featured in this upcoming exhibition:
BOUND to BRISTOL
Preview: Tuesday 20th March 2018, 4-7pm at the F Block Gallery, Bower Ashton Campus, UWE Bristol, UK
Running until Friday 23rd March, 5pm
Bound to Bristol is delighted to present a pop-up two-day exhibition, showcasing a collection of artists’ books.
This exhibition is inspired by and sourced from the personal collection of Sarah Bodman, senior research fellow in Artists’ Books at the Centre for Fine Print Research, at UWE Bristol.
Thank you to Sarah for the inclusion!

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revisiting windham reworked

February 15, 2018

This week Philippa and Tamar were able to visit Bucks County Museum to see their recent collaborative project – Windham (re)Worked within the context of the Ex Libris exhibition. Many of the works on show appeared to reflect the known genre of altered books and used a strong sense decoration to communicate an aspect of the book, whereas the pieces that held the most interest were those with an underlying concept, which was the approach taken within Windham editions.

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below: work by other artists

 

windham re-worked

December 6, 2017

 

In September 2016 Philippa and Tamar MacLellan were invited to be part of an exhibition entitled Illuminating the discarded library (working title).The premise of the project was to select a book to alter from a collection of discarded library books previously housed within Christchurch College Library. Whilst they agreed to participate, neither artist was particularly interested in the altered book genre, therefore it was not until April this year that they began to develop the project. Having selected a pair of books The Windham Papers Volumes I and II* from the given list – they set out to explore whether or not working independently, to set of collaboratively devised rules and instructions, would affect or compromise creativity. Over an eight month period they took it in turns to each set an instruction, that used the book content as the basis for exploration and alteration.

The responses were made independently of each other and as the project developed each instruction enforced change upon the book in terms of form, function, appearance and identity.   The whole process was recorded and can be seen on:

https://meetinginthemiddleblog.wordpress.com

The books will be on display in the newly titled exhibition Ex Libris: Altered Books at Bucks County Museum, Aylesbury from 9 December 2017 – 24 February 2018

the caseroom at conway

November 22, 2017

This is a belated blog post relating to the Caseroom’s recent attendance at the Small Publishers Fair in London. Held at the Conway Hall, the fair always attracts a good crowd, and we saw brisk sales across the two days, with purchases by not only private collectors but Winchester School of Art and UWE. Thank you to everyone who came and visited us.

summertime too

September 6, 2017

The recent collaborative book from Philippa and Tamar MacLellan – Revised Edition – was recently accepted for the ‘we love your books’ online exhibition of artists’ books curated by Emma Powell and Melanie Bush. This years theme was intersect – Revised Edition uses two books about cross-stitching, which were overprinted then intersected to form a single edition.

See link below:

http://rejectamenta.com/wlyb/intersect-2017/

summertime

August 31, 2017

Summer holidays are always an opportunity to get up to speed on some reading. But what if the book you want to read is out of print and you just can’t face reading it on screen?

Make your own copy of it of course. Which is exactly what Barrie did when he put together a new edition of C. H. Hinton’s An Episode of Flatland; a 1907 addition to the Flatland Universe.

He’ll have to make a companion edition of Edwin A Abbott’s original Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions now of course. The cover design is ready to go.

He’s also, finally, managed to make a cover for Word Disco (Overheard/Overlooked 3) that he’s happy with.

Next stop? A new academic year and a fair few new projects already lined up…

lost property

June 28, 2017

Philippa would like to thank the gentleman at BABE 2017 who gave her the idea for this book… Lost & Found follows on from a previous edition called On the Line, but this time uses left over train tickets and a 1974 Southern Region timetable to form a maze book that documents all the weird and wonderful items left on the London Transport system. This is probably the smallest book in the Caseroom catalogue, measuring just 45 x 55mm

local heroes

June 27, 2017

The Caseroom Press are very pleased to be making not one, but two more appearances on the Eye Magazine blog this week.

As part of their regular Books Received section, Barrie’s Word Disco gets a mention, as does Steven Heller & Gail Anderson’s latest tome, Type Tells Tales – which both Philippa and Barrie appear in – Eye describe it as a ‘stimulating compendium of type experiments and explorations, both contemporary and historical. These range from familiar classics (Marinetti, Cage, Massin, Drucker, Corita Kent) to local heroes such as Alida Sayer, Angie Butler & Philippa Wood and Sam Winston.’

revised edition a+e*i=o:u/

June 22, 2017

Philippa has recently been collaborating with Tamar MacLellan on a submission for the call for entries theme of Intersect by we love your books. The coincidental chance purchases (on the same day) of two charity shop embroidery books, one type based, the other pattern based, by the two artists led to a project that aimed to use a simple system to develop a single book.

Entitled Revised Edition, a typewriter symbol was allocated to each of the five vowels. The key enabled us to interpret the text through the development of a series of patterns typed on top of the pages from one of the existing books. This entire process meant that the book pages were sent back and forth several times, as each person typed their particular sections, at one point 6 pages were lost in the post(!)… so the book has 6 blank pages.


The final publication uses pattern sections as end-papers, and one of the existing covers was overprinted and trimmed enabling us to utilize it as new covers.

For more information on this and other collaborative work: https://meetinginthemiddleblog.wordpress.com

 

LENvention 5th anniversary – wood (type)

June 18, 2017

 

This weekend the Caseroom Press were the proud hosts of the LENvention 5. This annual event instigated at UWE, Bristol by Angie Butler in 2012, brings together a small group of letterpress practitioners to share ideas and good practice whilst working together to produce a body of work. This year the theme was how we use our senses when negotiating a print workshop. The only parameters were 1. the finished book would be A2 folded to A3 – this enabled us to explore the potential of the Farley proofing press – and 2. We could only use materials and equipment found within the caseroom. Despite the small (but perfectly formed) Caseroom Press, and having to contend with the hottest weekend of the year, we managed to work effectively to produce a single edition loose leaf book, entitled Feeling for an edge, the book will eventually be case-bound.