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.
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.
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.
April 5, 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!
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.
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!
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!
February 15, 2017
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.
Brenda Dermody’s beautiful set of poster designs based on on the Dante prints.
The work looked wonderful in the setting of the gallery space and quickly drew people in to Dante’s journey.
Again, a huge thank you to Carla and her team for putting on such a wonderful exhibition of the work.
February 10, 2017
Our third book of found texts – Word Disco – is a sequel to Ken Cockburn’s Overheard/Overlooked (2011) and Overlooked/Overheard (2015).
As with the last book, Second Year Graphic Design students at the School of Art & Design were asked to keep their ears open last summer. When they returned to University, the texts were collated and selected by Ken Cockburn then typeset by Barrie Tullett.
Visually it’s quite a departure from the previous books in the series, and from Barrie’s typographic work in general – the texts being typeset, distorted on photocopiers then edited, coloured and composed in Photoshop.
The book has contributions from Lee Flatman, Ryan Forrest, Megan Favell, Ashley Godber, Holly Humphries, Joshua Jepson and Ashley Gillott.
February 9, 2017
Carla and her team at the National Print Museum have done a wonderful job with the hanging of the show.
The Typographic Dante has never looked so good.
The show opens to the public on Friday the 10th of February and is open until Sunday the 2nd of April.
A huge thank you to the Museum for all their hard work in organising the exhibition – and to Brenda Dermody for designing the beautiful publicity materials for the show.
February 1, 2017
The Typographic Dante is about to go on show at the National Print Museum in Dublin. Barrie has been working on the project ever since he was a student at the Chelsea School of Art.
Eventually each of the 100 cantos of Dante’s Divine Comedy will be illustrated using a different ‘obsolete’ technology for each of the three books. The 34 cantos of The Inferno are realised through letterpress printing, the 33 cantos of Purgatory are created on the typewriter, and the 33 cantos of Paradise will be illustrated with Letraset.
The illustrations for Inferno are now complete – all 34 cantos, and this is the first time they’ll have been exhibited together, along with 20 pieces from the on-going work for Purgatory.
The National Print Museum is an absolute gem of a place; it collects, documents, preserves, exhibits, interprets and makes accessible the material evidence of the printing craft, and fosters associated skills of the craft in Ireland. It’s an absolute honour and delight to be a part of it.