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.
November 30, 2016
We received news this week that Philippa’s recent collaboration with Tamar MacLellan – Meeting in the Middle – has been selected for Sarah Bodman’s 2016 Top 10. The complete list appears as part of Sarah’s artists’ book series for a-n (the artists information company). We are told the order is based on the editor’s preference for mixing images – see link below.
October 26, 2016
Although Fond Farewells, the new pair of books by Philippa and Angie Butler won’t be officially launched until Small Publisher’s Fair in London on 4/5 November, Angie managed to submit them it time for the Stroud Letterpress Celebration curated by fellow LENventioner Lucy Guenot. The exhibition opens 29 October-20 November.
October 26, 2016
One of the nicest things about being part of The Caseroom Press is the larger community of people that it brings you into contact with. We’ve met so many wonderful people at book fairs, and, on occasion, got to work with them here at the University of Lincoln too. Angie Butler has become a regular collaborator with Philippa on her books, and runs (fantastic) book arts workshops with our students every year – and of course there’s Stephen Fowler, the go-to-guy for all your rubber stamping and primitive printing needs.
Stephen has now taken some time out from printing things to write a book on that very subject – and very good it is too. It made Barrie want to quit this crazy typography lark and start stamping.
With an introduction by Rob Ryan (praise indeed), the book covers all the materials and techniques you’ll need to start your own independent primitive print workshop.
The book is full of beautiful examples, experiments and suggestions as to how you might develop your own practice and is awash with delights. The Illustrations include some very nice ‘freeform repeat patterns’ by none other than Jantze Tullett too.
The book is available from Laurence King, or of course Amazon. We’d suggest that if you’re only going to buy one book this year, buy Typewriter Art: A Modern Anthology, but if you’re going to buy two books, buy Rubber Stamping as well.
October 23, 2016
Barrie had the pleasure of travelling up to Newcastle on Friday to talk to Graphic Design and Illustration students at the Northumbria University.
He’d been invited up by the extremely talented Sara Ogilvie, and spoke about The Caseroom Press, Typewriter Art and also took a few carrier bags full of Artists’ books for the students to look at (Philippa’s fabric printed Delia Taught Me To Cook was a particular favourite).
There was even a question about his Typographic Dante (he’d not mentioned it in the talk, but one of the students had really done their research). If anyone’s particularly interested in that, there’s an article about it here: Academia.
It was lovely to see Sara again – she’s also one of the illustrators for Utopian Tales – and he was given a grand tour of their studios, wonderful print room and small, but beautifully formed, letterpress studio.
A really delightful day.
So why the rather forlorn picture of his bags on the platform at Newark?
He forgot to take any photos when he was there.