Archive for the ‘collaboration’ Category

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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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

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

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/

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.

migrating birds

June 15, 2017

A few months ago Philippa was contacted by Stephen Fowler – he of Rubber Stamp fame – and invited to be part of an exhibition called Migration. Each artist was asked to produce a single A6 postcard of a bird either perching or in flight. A total of 100-200 postcards will form an exhibition that hopes to draw attention to the plight of thousands of children and their families who are, as a result of oppressive regimes, violence or poverty, forced to migrate to safer places in the world.

The exhibition runs from 9-30 September 2017 at the International Centre for the Picture Book in Society (ICPBS) at Worcester University, in collaboration with BIBIANA, the International House of Art for Children in Bratislava, Slovakia and will coincide with the Biennale of Illustration in Bratislava (BIB) and its symposium.

Philippa’s response – produced a day before the dealine(!) used a simple letterpress block that was printed then hand tinted.

https://www.worcester.ac.uk/discover/international-centre-for-the-picture-book-in-society.html

http://stephenfowler72.blogspot.co.uk

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.

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.