Sunday, 25 December 2005

Summary of 2005

2005 has been a good year for Damp Flat Books. The 2004 catalogue did really well keeping me very busy this year. The main change is that I’ve completed my new website, showcasing all my current books & multiples. It also houses sketchbook work, artist statements, exhibitions and links to new projects I’m starting.

Menthol Daze is being exhibited as part of Arcadia Id Est - A travelling exhibition organised by the Centre for Fine Print Research, The University of the West of England. The show runs from March 2005 to December 2006 and is travelling around the world from Australia to the UK - it’s in Australia about now.

I also exhibited 3 bookworks in the 2nd Seoul International Bookarts Fair in Korea 3rd-8th June 2005, where Running a Secret Society No.20 won a Medal.

As part of my research for the University of Portsmouth I received funding to create a new artist’s book alongside a student project exchange. The project consisted of a short trip to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in association with the Universiti Teknologi MARA and The Alif Creative Academy where I acted as external examiner, but also worked on a new book called My Favourtie Souvenir. This unusual hardback 3-folding-book written in Malay and English will be exhibited in Canada in Dec 2005 - Jan 2006 and Malaysia during winter 2006.

I have also created two more new books this year:

We’re Sorry - a celebration of broken machinery and clapped-out computers all suripticiously captured on camera phone and bought together in a small double-bound blue book, sealed with hazard tape.
Evil Eyes - a strange set of photographic faces seen in everyday objects, such as staplers and vending machines. Horizontally-opening cloth bound hardback book.

During the updating of the website I decide to open my own online museum. 
The Damp Museum can now be visited at and the curator contacted,
but I’m not sure what he’s up to ...