Archive for the ‘workshop’ Category

manifest 55

June 12, 2020

Barrie’s collaboration for Klang Farben Text was with the german writer, playwright and radio play director, FALKNER.

FALKNER sees her work, in whatever medium, as manifestos, so after discussing their project ideas, FALKNER wrote MANIFEST 55 for the event, and on the first day they worked out a typographic narrative in the format of a concertina book as a record their work together.

A film of a small mock-up of the book was played during their Klang Farben Text performance with the final concertina book to be made as a small edition that could be given to each of the contributors, as well as the British Council, National Poetry Library London and the Lyrik Kabinett.

However. The whole event took place about a week before social distancing laws came into effect, and, as a result of the current global pandemic and lock-down, the book currently exists as a series of unglued pages sitting in the Book Arts’ Space at the University of Lincoln. Quietly waiting for the world to turn again and ‘normal’ service to be resumed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

klang farben text

June 12, 2020

In early March of this year, Barrie was invited to take part in Klang Farben Text, a collaborative event of visual poetry at the Lyrik Kabinett in Munich. Organised by Chris McCabe and Steven J Fowler, ‘Klang Farben Text was a unique, one of a kind, three-day visual poetry festival of performance and exhibition inspired by the international concrete poetry movement of the 1950s and 60s. The project celebrated how that movement has impacted a new generation of poets and artists by engaging a dozen of the UK and Germany’s most dynamic visual poets, key to the contemporary European scene. The printed word was transformed into collaboration, recitation, film and performance, demonstrating how concrete poetry has transcended beyond the book and printing press into an experiential art form for the 21st Century’.

The keynote speaker on the first day was a very special guest, Eugen Gomringer, who opened the event with readings from his works.

Each of the collaborating poets then performed a piece of their own work (Barrie chose ‘A Song For An Art School) and a piece of significant English or German concrete poetry – for this Barrie chose Stuart Mills’ ‘Poems for my Shorthand Typist’, which was performed with apologies to Victor Borge.

Recordings of all the performances can be found on the European Poetry Festival Site, the British Council‘s literature page, or the Lyric Kabinett website.

the lyrik kabinett

June 11, 2020

In early March – Chris McCabe, the Head Librarian at the Poetry Library in London, invited Barrie to Munich to take part in an international visual poetry event called ‘Klang Farben Text‘. The collaborative event, which paired up six British Poets and six German poets, was held in the absolutely wonderful Lyrik Kabinett – a poetry library and exhibition/performance space which is truly magical.

Set back from the street, in its own courtyard space, the Kabinett is one of curiosity and absolute delights.

As well as a formal library of poetry books (Its collection of 20,000 volumes is being expanded systematically) the display cabinets are full of artists’ books and objects.

Once the world turns and things are normal again – if you are in Munich, make a special trip to the Lyrik Kabinett. Once the world turns and things are normal again, if you are not in Munich, then make a special trip to Munich to make a special trip to the Lyrik Kabinett…

Josua Reichert’s Letterpress prints on the wall of the reception area.

This has nothing to do with the Lyrik Kabinett or the Klang Farben Text Festival, but round the corner was the most wonderful shop selling artists’ pigments and brushes.

talking dante in sleaford

October 13, 2019

Barrie was talking about his Typographic Dante Project in Sleaford yesterday – the show is on its last day today, so rush to the NCCD if you’d still like to catch it – or if you’re in London, selected work from the series is still on display at the Members Lounge in the South Bank Centre.

It’s also the last chance to catch a wonderful exhibition of Artists’ Books from the University of Lincoln – the results of Jantze Holmes’ book arts workshops with various courses from the College of Arts.

 

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).

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.

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June 30, 2016

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LENvention is an annual workshop for letterpress practitioners and was established by Angie Butler and Hazel Grainger in 2013. This year Philippa and the other LENventioners* returned to UWE in Bristol where they were fortunate to work with Dr Tim Mosely from Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia who had been invited by Angie to join and run this year’s event.

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Tim’s research practice includes haptic aesthetics in relation to the artists’ book. His research methodology, which we were introduced to, was a new way of working for the majority of the group and responding to the theme of Empathy we worked collaboratively to develop and produce a range of work that resulted in a rather impressive 19 finished artists’ books within a two day period.

https://www.griffith.edu.au/visual-creative-arts/queensland-college-art/staff/tim-mosely

LENvention regulars Angie Butler (ABPress), Andrew Morrison (Two Wood Press), Rachel Marsh (Semple Press), Hazel Grainger (HGmakes), Lucy Guenot and Philippa (Caseroom Press) welcomed Imi Maufe (bluedogstours) to the event this year. Elizabeth Willow who was unable to attend, kindly supplied the words with which we worked.

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back to where he once belonged

March 6, 2016

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Barrie was back up in Edinburgh last week – he was talking about Typewriter Art and then ran a single sided book workshop at the Edinburgh College of Art…

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After which, ably attended by Ken Cockburn Alison Bowden and Alan Mason, The Caseroom Press were ‘on table’ at the Fruitmarket Gallery for their annual Artists’ Book Fair.

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As you can see, they were the first to arrive, and yet still, somehow, the last to finish setting up.

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They obviously spent too much time thinking and not enough time doing.

Barrie also spoke about ‘The Most Ambitious Book We’ve Never Published’; The Utopian Tales. Which inches closer to actually becoming a book. He’s currently waiting on a few of the illustrators to send him their updated biographies.

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The Utopian Tales had taken a very long time to come to fruition, and Barrie is finally hoping that he can see the edge of the forest.

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September 5, 2015

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The letterpress event – LENvention established by Angie Butler and Hazel Grainger in 2013 is now in it’s third year. In August Philippa travelled to Devon where the event was hosted by Rachel Marsh of Semple Press at her wonderful print workshop in the garden.

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This year due to limited space, the letterpress workshop/convention, bought together six artists and designers, all of whom use letterpress as part of their practice. Over a two day period we worked together to produce a series of work that responded to the theme of ‘Praxis’. Unfortunately Philippa left her camera behind so limited images available!

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making the merkinch circles

July 23, 2015

 

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Barrie has recently played a small part in a very lovely project.

The poet Ken Cockburn and the sculptor Mary Bourne have been working on a project for the riverside redevelopment in Inverness – Ken worked with the Clay Studio in Merkinch, which organised a series of writing workshops and site visits to the new flood defences. The circle poems written for the workshops will be carved into stone and located on site.

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The poems will look out over the mouth of the River Ness, over the Beauly Firth to the Kessock Bridge. Three poems will be attached to the wall, two used to create seats, and one will remain at the BREATHE garden in Merkinch which is hosting the carving workshops in September.

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