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LENvention 6

September 4, 2018

gpcIn August Philippa attended the annual LENvention workshop organised by Angie Butler (ABPress). The two day event is an opportunity for a group of letterpress practitioners get together to develop a body of work within a 48 hour period. The event was hosted by Lucy Guenot at Gloucestershire Print Cooperative, a lovely print facility in Stroud.
http://www.gpchq.co.uk

This year the group were joined by Jeff Rathermel – executive director at Minnesota Center for Book Arts, as they developed a series of artists’ books that responded to the theme of bookness (or bookishness).

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pinky winky doodle doodle dum dumm

July 11, 2018

When a colleague recently offered Philippa six Enid Blyton editions from the 50s she jumped at the chance to take them, seeing it as an opportunity to develop further work around the altered book genre.

The initial intention was to highlight childhood memories of reading Enid Blyton, however it soon became clear that opinions of the books had changed in recent years with Blyton receiving a lot of negative press; eventually it was the reviews of the novels that became the basis of the project.

Using online sources, each unfavorable comment relating to Enid’s novels was recorded and a system devised where the more recurrent the word, the larger it would appear. The 1958 edition of Five get in a Fix was carefully taken apart and divided into 12 sequential sections, using the system of scale each of the found words were over-printed onto the original pages causing the content to be gradually obliterated.

The title of the book is taken from an internal memo written in 1938 by Jean Sutcliffe – Head of the BBC Schools Department, which was not particularly complimentary about Blyton’s work: ‘There is rather a lot of the Pinky-winky-Doodle-doodle Dum-dumm type of name (and lots of pixies) in the original tales’.

pan pan

June 19, 2018

Philippa is pleased to be working with Angie Butler of ABPress again, on a collaborative project – entitled While you were sleeping. The project is the brainchild of Sara Burgess, who is hoping to get 100 presses from around the world to participate. Here she highlights the idea:

‘I propose a project to highlight those events that rock our every day. That makes me afraid for the future my five-year-old faces. That makes me ashamed of my privilege. That makes me cry when he can’t hear me. That depletes me, on behalf of our defenseless planet. That makes me fear the new treatment that women will face. That makes me say what the fuck, what the fuck, what the fuck. Just how does someone get away with this?
I call on the letterpress community to join me in print. To return to the truth. To print in facts, images, and lead type. Because in our type, we can convey beauty and messages,
and call attention to ugliness in ways that nobody else can.’

The brief was to select a newspaper headline from the past year, then set it and print it 100 times. Once they had selected their headline and made some joint design decisions, Angie worked independently on the first colour. On receipt of the prints, Philippa responded to the design/composition by overprinting.

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

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.

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/

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

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