Archive for the ‘publication’ Category

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’.

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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

type tells tales

May 8, 2017

Many, many months ago we were approached by someone working for Steven Heller to see if we were interested in having some work published in a new book he was producing with Gail Anderson – needless to say we jumped at the chance – and last week the rather wonderful Type Tells Tales arrived on our desk. We feel honoured to be in such company as Werkman, Sam Winston, Paula Scher, Robert Massin, Marian Bantjes and many more type heroes and heroines.

women of the walk

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.

http://www.bookarts.uwe.ac.uk/publications/blue-notebook.html

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!