Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Southdown College - Guest Speaker

I gave a guest lecture for A' Level students about 'Lovely Zines, the Zineopolis Collection and why not just go and make one'. Showing examples from the Zineopolis collection including issues of Future Fantasteek! I started the Zineopolis collection and now curate it as well as doing the website.http://www.zineopolis.blogspot.co.uk/p/f.html

Monday, 1 December 2008

The Ministry of Books - Exhibition

Guest exhibiter on behalf of The Ministry of Books - December 2008 - January 2009
Quay Arts, Newport, Isle of Wight, UK
. Reboot was chosen to travel with this guest show.

Monday, 3 November 2008

Visual Diaries - Sketchbook Project

Visual Diaries - The Space Gallery, University of Portsmouth 3rd-14th November 2008
Invited artist as part of a rotating sketchbook project.


To see more about the Visual Libraries project visit:

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Cheltenham Illustration Awards - Guest Speaker

The title of my talk was - The Zineopolis Zine Collection and Future Fantasteek

"A one day Symposium that explores autonomous career pathways for Illustration graduates and professionals. We have a distinguished line-up of speakers, who are all keen to discuss the proposal that illustrators will only find creative satisfaction through self-expression and creating work that is meaningful to them, and not dependent on short-lived trends or dictates of the graphic design industry. The Symposium will take place at Pittville Studios, University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham on Wednesday the 15 October 2008, and will coincide with the presentation ceremony of the second Cheltenham Illustration Awards." Flyer copy

Wednesday, 1 October 2008

Future Fantasteek! Issue No.5

...Credit Crunch Issue

Softback Zine printed in greyscale on yellow paper, with colour center pages, includes a tipped-in dubious banknote and rubber stampped flies. staple bound. A5 size containing 16 printed pages. Bright pink card cover with yellow dots. 

Issue Five: Brighton 2008, edition size of fifty.

The credit crunch issue looks at liars, not using your brain and spotting fakes. There's free money from the bank of Future Fantasteek included as a worthless free gift. The Damp Research Facilities answer these questions: Why are people so nasty to each other ? Is greed really the future? How many of us have eaten from the Tree of Stupidity ? Can genetically enhanced monkeys with clipboards replace office staff? And could octopus DNA enable you to work longer hours? More pointless questions to ponder in a disappointing world...

To see the whole zine follow this link

Thursday, 11 September 2008

Damp Flat Website gets Archived by the British Library

 The UK Web Archive is a corpus of websites selected by leading UK institutions for their historical, social and cultural significance in the UK, for the benefit of researchers. Snapshots of each title, known as instances, are taken at suitable intervals. The archive is free to view and has already collected over 4,000 selected websites since it was set up in mid-2005. Websites are either selected by subject specialists within the participating institutions or have been successfully nominated for archiving. 
The partners are; The British Library:The National Library of Wales: JISC: Wellcome Library:National Archives 

Damp Flat Books has been selected and is now being recorded regularly, view various snapshots here: 


Friday, 11 July 2008

B* *K - Exhibition

B* *K an exhibition of book-inspired artworks at the London Print Studio gallery
425 Harrow Road, London, W10 4RE, United Kingdom
Exhibition 11th July - 27th September 2008
Private view 10th July, 6.30 - 8.30 pm

Included in this exhibition is: 
Future Fantasteek - The Sick-o issue, No.4 Feb 2008

Thursday, 8 May 2008

AHRC Artists’ Books Seminar - Guest Speaker

1 - 8th May 2008 The seminar was called: How are artists using and investigating new media for publishing?
School of Creative Arts, Department of Art and Design,
University of the West of England Bristol, UK

I will be giving a presentation on the 8th May called: Using the internet for showing and marketing artists' books. To see the slides that accompany the talk click here...

Friday, 2 May 2008

Re:2008 Touring Artists' Books Exhibition

Exhibition curated by the we love your books collaboration between Melanie Bush, Senior Lecturer in Graphic Design, The University of Northampton, UK and Emma Powell, Senior Lecturer in Graphic Design, De Montfort University (Leicester), UK.

All books were based on re word(s). For example: release, remote, reject,reassemble etc. 

Wonderful books were submitted from book artists and students from all over the world
including: Finland, The Ukraine, Russia, Spain, Australia, Italy, Canada, Hong Hong, Hungary,
Germany, Portugal, Sweden and USA.
  • 12th – 29th May 2008, The Gallery, The University of Northampton, Northampton, NN2 6JD, UK.
  • 14th July–14th August, Artworks MK, Milton Keynes, UK 
  • 5th-14th November 2008, University of Portsmouth , CCi Space, Eldon Building, Portsmouth, UK

Reboot is on show. As part of the Portsmouth show there ar also another 3 exhibitions:

Visual Dairies - This was a sketchbook project with staff and students.

Zineopolis - I curate the zine collection at the University and selected zines are being shown,
Future Fantasteek! Issue No. 5 is being premiered at this venue.

The Ministry of Books - The University of Portsmouth has recently started an artists' books collection curated by Dr Maureen O'Neill. You can visit the site here...

Thursday, 10 April 2008

Shelter Artists' Books Exhibition

New book - Head Room & Anxious Homes have both been accepted for exhibition due to open in late April - May 2008. This book will be available to view on my website soon. It's featured on the exhibition publicity, see left (it's second from top, the pink skyscraper).

The exhibition is now touring America:

April 10 - 22, 2008
Wedeman Gallery, Yamawaki Art and Cultural Center, Lasell College, Newton, MA

May 9 - June 19, 2008
Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, Silver Spring, MD

July 9 - August 15, 2008
Fleet Library, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

Oct 6 – 31, 2008
Montserrat College of Art’s 301 Gallery, 301 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA

April 8 - May 3, 2009
Wells College, Aurora, NY

January - February 2009
Holy Cross College Art Gallery, Worcester, MA

Tuesday, 11 March 2008

New Book - Headroom

The book is a visual response to the drive to fit more and more people into an ever diminishing space. The U.K is under pressure to find more housing and every patch of land, including gardens,are being built upon. New housing is tightly packed with little concern for the environment or the needs of the new residents. Whilst reading Roget's Thesaurus, I noticed the thematic listing of words was taking on a poetic significance, I used the word lists in the order they appeared in the Thesaurus to convey a sense of melancholy amongst the crowds. The book is printed on accounting paper to show financial pressures, the drawings are a mixture of my photographs of buildings and drawings of imaginary future towers, unintentionally imprisoning their tenants. The text is rubber stamped. 
290mm x 110mm. 14 pages with ending with edition number, signature and maker's emboss. 
To view this book visit my website at: http://www.dampflat.com/DAMPFLAT/books/headroom/index.htm

Now touring the U.S. as part of the
Shelter Artist's Book Exhibition.
  • April 10 - 22, 2008 - Wedeman Gallery, Yamawaki Art and Cultural Center, Lasell College, Newton, MA, USA
  • May 9 - June 19, 2008 - Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, Silver Spring, MD, USA
  • July 9 - August 15, 2008 - Fleet Library, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, USA
  • Oct 6 – 31, 2008 - Montserrat College of Art’s 301 Gallery, 301 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA, USA
  • April 8 - May 3, 2009 - Wells College, Aurora, NY, USA
  • January - February 2009 - Holy Cross College Art Gallery, Worcester, MA, USA

Saturday, 1 March 2008

New Book - Reboot

Reboot - Limited Edition of 10, Brighton 2008

400mm x 170mm, a double spiral-bound pair of books each of 20 pages
The cover is clear acrylic closed with magnetic catches
Hand-cut rubberstamp icons are added to final printed pages
Several real capacitors and fuses are threaded into two of the pages

This is a book about computers. Do they really hate us? Why are computers so indignant when you want to open files, rewarding your impetuousness with spinning balls and hourglass icons. This is a book about technological brokenness. We rely more and more on technology and computers, ignoring the fact that there seems to be a mechanical revolt gradually gathering pace all around us - soon the only tasks left for us will be hand-drawing the Out of Order signs to hang on the machines. Over a period of time, I’ve been recording technology failures photographically as well as drawing the language of brokenness, cryptic messages such as, disc error and are you sure you want to shut-down?
I've combined my photographs and drawings into this pair of books, added to this hand-cut rubber stamps of familiar computer icons - hourglass, watch, cursor arrow and older legacy icons such as the floppy disk. Scanned legacy peripherals such as scsi leads and old network cables tangle across the pages, to remind us just how fast technology is moving.
The books work as a pair and should be opened and read simultaneously.

To View this book in more detail visit:

This book was created for the Re:2008 Exhibition held by the We Love Your Books Collective
The exhibition will start at:
Artworks MK, Milton Keynes, UK from 14th July–14th Aug. 2008
The Gallery, Herefordshire College of Art – Summer 2008
The Space Gallery, University of Portsmouth from 3rd-14th Nov. 2008
Quay Arts, Newport, Isle of Wight, UK. Dec. 2008

Reboot is also held in:

Modern British Collections, The British Library, London, UK
The Ministry of Books, University of portsmouth, UK

    Friday, 22 February 2008

    Zineopolis Exhibition

    Zineopolis Exhibition - 22nd February - 14th March 2008
    The University Library, University of Portsmouth, UK

    New zine collection a the University called Zineopolis will be showcasing its collection - Including all the 
    Future Fantasteeks! 


    Friday, 1 February 2008

    Future Fantasteek! Issue No.4

    ...Sick-O Issue

    Softback Zine printed in greyscale on orange and yellow paper, staple bound.
    A5 size containing 16 printed pages. Day-glo orange cover with yellow dots.
    Issue Four: Brighton 2008, edition size of fifty.

    The Damp Flat Research team are wondering why eveyone's so sick lately. They are also quickly investing, on-the-side, in the pharmaceutical industry. What with Norovirus and advice on how to take a 'sickie' there seems to be no healthy folk left. This issue also includes how to spot whether you have ended-up working for the Departement of Stupidity and the right way to wash your hands. I would write more, but I'm feeling off-colour and need to lay down... 

    To view this zine in more detail go here...

    Or to flick through this zine on Issuu go here: