poem of the day

May 28, 2018

Not that we’re out of the loop – but we’ve just found out we were yesterday’s poem of the day on the National Poetry Library website:

The image is taken from Brenda Dermody‘s folder of ‘remixes’ of Barrie’s original typographic illustrations for Dante’s Divine Comedy. These were created especially for the exhibition at the National Print Museum in Dublin.

The full set of four prints can be seen here: http://the-case.co.uk/dante-the-remixes.html

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all mouth and falmouth

May 1, 2018

Barrie was recently asked to speak at the Mouth: Poetry and Illustration Forum in Falmouth. And, as he has a mouth, studied illustration and is in a book of 21st Century Concrete Poets, he readily accepted.

Seriously well organised, it came with a Forum pack and…

… an audience.

 

It was a fantastic event, chaired by the exceptional Allyson Hallett. An absolute joy to be a part of, although he had to leave early in order to get back to Lincoln. Which it turns out, is a very, very long way from Falmouth. Especially when the trains stop running for five hours due to a breakdown.

As part of his narrative about Poetry, illustration and the Typographic Dante, he digressed to talk about the Dante’s Inferno game for the XBox. Which, much to his surprise had some interesting moral questions at its heart, once you’d got over Dante changing from a gentle poet to one man crusading war machine that is… however, he still had some qualms about the game mechanics and the abilities to hack and slash your way through the narrative. He thought a more accurate set-up for the game controller would be this one:

Note to game devlelopers – he’s already worked out some of the gameplay mechanics, so do get in touch.

His previous talk, on a very cold January morning, was to the New Monday Art Group at the Usher Gallery here in Lincoln. A slightly smaller event, but one that was a lot easier to get home from.

 

printed on top of one another

April 25, 2018

 

on top ofPhilippa recently contributed to the annual World Book Night event organised by Sarah Bodman of UWE. This year’s theme was based on the text ‘Watching God’ one of the short stories within Three Moments of an Explosion by China Miéville. The brief was to read the story and send a visual response to the text. The work was exhibited from 1st – 30th April 2018 in the study area at Bower Ashton Library, Bristol. The work has only been collated and published as a paperback ‘ur-text’ which is in keeping with the book’s theme. The title is Their Eyes Were Watching God – the book searched for but never found.

A copy of the artist’s book has been accepted by Tate Britain for their artist’s book collection.

A copy of the book can be ordered here.

in the blue notebook

April 20, 2018

Philippa and Tamar MacLellan – a regular contributor to the Caseroom catalogue, recently submitted a co-written essay to The Blue Notebook Journal Vol 12, No.2– (published by Impact Press).
The article examines the collaborative practice of Tamar MacLellan and Philippa Wood through three of their most recent artists’ book projects. Having taken the decision to undertake new ways of working, the aim is to share something of this journey drawing upon pivotal WordPress blog posts which enabled the sharing and exchanging of individual, intellectual and emotional responses within the development of each project.
A big thank you to Sarah Bodman for publishing it, and our thanks too to Angie Butler who proof-read the first draft and offered invaluable feedback.

http://www.bookarts.uwe.ac.uk/news/#bluenotebook

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!

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…