Feature Artist Book November ‘The Book of Lost Souls’

Book of Lost Souls,

12 small monoprints and 6 double page monoprints

Housing: hard cover in dark blue Italian paper with black end papers. Coptic stitched


Based on a series of images that reflect to my dark days, These images have been created over a period of time and have been put into book form for the exhibition Book As Art.

We all have dark days, disappointments, and utter sadness about life’s events, we cant change most of these but we can express then, this is my way whats yours.

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Monoprints,  are  spontaneous, no pre drawing required, all the work is carried out on the inked up plate. I use a large glass plate, oil based etching ink, good printing paper and a few rags sticks and baby oil. I usually start by drawing on the inked up plate with the point of a stick just to get the idea working, then work into the plate with a rag removing the ink as I work, if I am not happy with the results, I simply re ink the plate in parts. The finished plate is then printed by hand using a spoon, pressing harder in some areas and lighter in others.

Artist Books 3.0 #13 ‘Anything’ 2014

 Artist Books 3.0 #13 ‘Anything’ 2014

As the name suggests this Artist book exchange may be about ‘anything’ and what an incredible diverse and exciting range of ideas, materials and book designs. Artist from across the globe have contributed to this exchange and the work show on this blog is only a few pages from these remarkable small but powerful artist books.

The last book to arrive from the UK is the work of Theresa Easton titled ‘Industrialized Objects’, makes reference to the Richmond sixteen, a group of individuals imprisoned in Richmond Castel  during the first world war. The ‘absolutist’, conscientious objectors refused to take orders while enlisted in the British army. This artist book also looks at trench art, all sorts of items could be made from brass artillery, strange to think that something designed to kill can take on a more useful and at times beautiful form.

Made up of maps overlaid with images of soldiers, buildings, and military objects, the book also depicts a sense of normality at this brutal time by the inclusion of playing children and birds.

Stitched book, Photo Litho and Silk Screen.   

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Artist Books 3.0 #13 ‘Anything’ 2014

Artist Books 3.0 #13 ‘Anything’ 2014

(Mare nostrum) Martine Rastello France.

Another artist book that includes a map to depict  Homer’s Odyssey. Surrounded by a wash of blue, the Mediterranean Sea, described by the artist,

“I live close to the Mediterranean sea which is “our sea” that is the link between all the Mediterranean populations ( South of France, Italy, Spain, Greece + the 3 North African countries Marocco, Tunisia and Algeria). All these populations have history, stories and myths in common, as well as conflicts and wars.

At school I was fascinated by the Greek mythology that we all studied” – Martine I think we remain fascinated?  The book concludes with the following note: Its  the story of a journey whose starting point is the infinite expanse  of the sea that leads one to the infinite dimension of isolation.

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Artist Books 3.0 ‘Anything’ The Authentic Massacre of the Innocent Image Series by Cheryl Penn, South Africa

Artist Books 3.0 ‘Anything’ The Authentic Massacre of the Innocent Image Series by Cheryl Penn South Africa 2014

‘Asemic writing is a wordless open semantic form of writing. The world asemic means having no specific semantic content’.

Collage, Asemic Text, Photocopies, hand stamped drawing and painting.

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Artist books 3.0 ‘Anything’, Touchstones by Ruth Shaw-Williams UK, 2014

Artist books 3.0 ‘Anything’,  Touchstones by Ruth Shaw-Williams UK, 2014

Wonderfully crafted fold out book. Digital Print on Bockingford watercolour paper, letterpress blind embossing, watercolour, book cloth, pebble, hemp and linen thread. Inspired by “The Artist’s Way’, Julia Cameron.

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