Sunday, 12 December 2010

Damp Flat Xmas Card

Happy Xmas from Damp Flat - I saw this alarming Santa at an Xmas market in London, it was making small children burst into tears.

Ultrabold No.8

Ultrabold is the journal of St Bride Library. Its editorial policy encompasses the full breadth of the Library’s collections; current design projects and expressive personal work rub shoulders with historical investigations and appreciations. Each issue is 40pp, illustrated in full colour throughout. Issue No.8 has an article by Teal Triggs, Fanzines: new directions for the DIY revolution (pp.10-18).

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Fanzines Book

There's a great book about zines just been released,
Fanzines by Teal Triggs.
Thames and Hudson ISBN 9780500288917.

It's a lovely huge book weighing in at 33.8 x 24.2 x 2.6 cm and at 256 pages.
Lots of fabulous images and including Future Fantasteek! No. 6. on p220.

A couple more spreads, to show how wonderful the book is.

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

The Printmaking Center of New Jersey, Autumn Print Exchange

I've just mailed an edition of 12 lino-cuts off to The Printmaking Center of New Jersey for their 'Autumn Print Exchange'. Hand pulled printmaking techniques must be used, woodcuts, litho, intaglio, photography, lino, silkscreen etc. The Printmaking Council of New Jersey (PCNJ) is a non-profit fine arts center specializing in print and paper media.

Printmaking Center of New Jersey
440 River Road
Branchburg, NJ 08876

Theme of exhibition: Sea-change: a poetic term referencing a gradual transformation in which the form is retained but the substance is replaced, as with petrification. PCNJ invites participants to address the visual interpretation of this theme as "see"-change. The prints will be exhibited in the PCNJ gallery space between November 24 - December 24, 2010

This lino cut started life as a print that was to pastich√© the paper bags that British chip shops wrap fish n’ chips in. The print originally appeared in red and yellow in limited edition, printed on to food quality paper bags - it served as the packaging for the artist’s book within and also the title of the work.

I have been wanted to focus on my printmaking and this exhibition at the PCNJ seemed really positive. This print is about the British tradition of battering and frying fish, but with no consideration of how fish stocks have fallen and now even seemingly common species are being added to the Red List. The final print, 2 colour lino cut (orange and black) hand printed with a Japanese baren on Japanese archival paper. Limited edition of 12 prints numbered, signed, embossed with artist's logo and dated 2 November 2010.

Friday, 8 October 2010

Birmingham Zine Festival - 10th-12th September

Held over the 10th-12th September, the first Birmingham Zine Festival was a great success, bringing together a host of self-publishing, handmade zines and comics. To accompany the exhibition there was also an exhibition of artwork and a postcard project. I participated in the Mail-Art Postcard Project and Exhibition, which saw over 200 invited entries from the UK, USA, Brazil, Finland, France, Germany and Spain. 

This was my postcard. 

More pictures and interviews can be viewed here on the Birmingham Zine Festival website:

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Future Fantasteek! No.8 Deepwater Horizon Issue

Future Fantasteek! No.9 Deepwater Horizon Issue is now available in an edition of 50.
To view the zine follow this link:

The first copies hot-off-the-press are on their way to various libraries and collections, but later issues are for sale from me, or in the Bookarts Bookshop, 17 Pitfield Street, London.

What’s happened recently then?.... The Damp Research team have studiously tackled the issues that we all think about - such as do you waste more time on Facebook or Twitter, and what’s the point of it all when your closest friends are only ‘virtual’ and can’t even buy you a beer and crisps?

Thursday, 29 July 2010

British Library to archive this Blog

The British Library invited this Damp Flat Blog to participate in their web archiving programme. They select and archive sites to represent aspects of UK documentary heritage and as a result, they will remain available to researchers in the future. The British Library works closely with leading UK institutions to collect and permanently preserve the UK web, and their archive can be seen at

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Surely Not! Goes to Wales.

Surely Not! has just been purchased by Howard Gardens Library, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, South Wales as part of their Artists' Books Collection.

Friday, 18 June 2010

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition SHOP

This year, the Summer Exhibition features artists' books for the first time. There are 19 books on display and you can 'look inside' 10 of these in the image galleries on the RA website.

The Summer Exhibition Shop also wanted to stock some artist's books so they contacted me amongst others and selected some further titles that could be made available in the Exhibition Shop. For the duration of the Summer Exhibition, they will be stocking copies of; Battered, Anxious Homes, Running a Secret Society No.20, Damp in Ditchwater and the last two copies Mortal Coil.

Here's some images of the great shop display, this year.

Sunday, 6 June 2010

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 14 June-22 August 2010

A little while ago I received a personal invite from the Royal Academy to submit an Artist's Book for their Summer Exhibition 2010. The RA had said that they were looking to raise the profile of artists' books within the summer exhibition and had contacted a select number of established bookmakers working in the UK and offered each of them a free entry for one book.
I submitted Battered, and it was duly accepted for exhibition. I will also be making available a select number of Damp Flat Books for the Summer Exhibition Shop. Titles available will be; Anxious Homes, Running a Secret Society, Damp in Ditchwater, Mortal Coil and of course, BatteredFor more on Artist's Books at the Royal Academy this year.

The Show Dates:
Buyer's Day - 10th June
Private Views - 11th June - 13th June
Exhibition open to the public - 14 June-22 August 2010
Royal Academy of ArtsBurlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD

How Battered is displayed within the exhibition, within the print room No.346

The yellow-covered book appears in the show, red and yellow covers are available in the shop.This year at the show there are a number of Artist's Books in glass cases in the centre of the print room. Some of the books are also available in the Exhibition Shop, I'm selling a number of titles there this year.

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Postal Art Project - Exhibition Opening Times

The Postal Art Project exhibition of work is running from this Friday 30th April until Thursday 6th May and due to be taken down Friday morning.

F Block Gallery, Faculty of Creative Arts
Bower Ashton Campus, University of The West of England
Kennel Lodge Road, Bower Ashton, Bristol, UK, BS3 2JT

For opening times please call this number +44 (0) 117 32 84716 or Helen Allsebrook (the curator) on +44 (0) 7902939830

More images will be posted on blog as they become available.

Saturday, 24 April 2010

Fetch-A-Sketch, 24 April 2010

Fetch-A-Sketch event organized by graduating University of Portsmouth Illustration students.  

Little Johnny Russells, Albert Road, Portsmouth, Saturday, 24 April 2010
Roberta Collins was event manager and got many illustrators to donate a sketchbook page for sale at this event including; Contributions from David Lupton, Sara Fanelli, Sam Chivers, Jill Poole, David Booth and lots more. The event was a great success and raised money for the students, towards the New Designers Exhibition in London.
I contributed two sketchbook pages to the event, this was one of them.

Thursday, 15 April 2010

My Favourite Souvenir now in the Yale Collection

My Favourite Souvenir has just been purchased for the Artists' Books Collection at the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, USA.

This is good because they've let me know that they also hold copies of:
  • Evil eyes 
  • Running a secret society no.20 
  • Confidence 
  • Anxious homes

Battered Now available in RED

I've just been making the second-half of my edition of Battered, but this half has a red cover, for folk who like variety. Battered (with the yellow cover) has also been submitted to the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. I didn't know they showed Artist's Books either, but it seems they do.

Sunday, 21 March 2010

Zine World No.28

My Make a Zine illustration features in Zine World No.28

"Announcing the release of Zine World #28, This 50-page, full-size issue features: 
more than 340 reviews of zines, comics, chapbooks, books, DVDs, magazines, and other self-published materials. An article about the zine scene in Japan by Gianni Simone a column by Michelle Aiello (Indigo Zine) called “People Are Complete Fucking Assholes, Or How I Lost My PO Box”
an art piece by Jackie Batey called “Make a Zine” a comic strip from the zine Intellectual Property Is Theft: Copyright, Anti-Copyright, Public Domain, and Creative Commons an updated list of zine review zines & websites information sharing about distros & stores, zine libraries, zine resources, and upcoming zine events a report from the first New York City Zine Fest cover art by e. war and much more!

Get your hands on a copy by sending $4 to:
PO Box 330156
Murfreesboro TN 37133-0156, USA.

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Future Fantasteek! No.8 Where you can see it...

Copies of Future Fantasteek! Issue 8 are now available in the following collections: 

  • Special Collections - University of Iowa, University Libraries, Iowa City, IA,  USA
  • Special Collections - Newark Public Library, Newark, NJ, USA
  • Centre for Fine Print Research - UWE, Bristol, School of Creative Arts, Bristol UK
  • Reed College Library, Portland, OR, USA
  • Duke University, Durham NC, USA
  • Zineopolis, University of Portsmouth UK
  • Toronto Zine Library, ON, Canada
  • Artists' Books - Tate Britain, Tate Library, London UK
  • Modern British Collections/Social History - The British Library, London UK
  • Library and Learning Resources - London College of Communication, London UK
  •, Olympia, WA, USA
  • {Disarmed}, Bedeteca de Lisboa, Olivais, Portugal
  • Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection - Chicago, IL, USA
  • The Arthur and Mata Jaffe Collection - Florida Atlantic University Libraries, Boca Raton, FL, USA
  • LEGAL DEPOSIT OFFICEThe British Library, Boston Spa, UK
  • The National Art Library - Word & Image Department, V and A Museum, London UK

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Future Fantasteek! No.8 The Pholgiston Issue

Future Fantasteek! No.8 is finally finished. It will be ready to post around next week.
I make 50 copies and the first 30 are free to zine collections or libraries, if you want one for a collection, email me at:

In spite of being out-of-ideas Damp Research Facilities have filled sketchbooks with pointless drawings for your delectation. As usual the Damp Staff have been out and about eavesdropping on tedious mobile phone conversations, designing products for a better future and trying to get away with passing this off as art, I mean, honestly! What else? Well Damp Research has proved conclusively that, as suspected, the world is circling-the-drain...

TIME FOR ACTION:What we REALLY need now are some more middle-managers to form a committee, to draw up an agenda, to propose a strategic plan that addresses concerns both real and implied of whoever it was who started this whole thing in the first place. Pass the biscuits please...

To read the whole zine visit:

Sunday, 31 January 2010

The Secret Library of Solihull 8th March - 8th May 2010

Damp Flat Books will be featured in a forthcoming artists' books exhibition in Solihull.

"Delve into our secret library of artists' books this spring with a show dedicated to the genre.
Installation, projection and experiments with paper technology will all be showcased."

The Secret Library of Solihull
8th March - 8th May 2010
Solihull Gallery
Homer Road, Solihull, West Midlands B91 3RG

The International Postal Art Project, Bristol, 2010

The format will be a postcard which has another two postcards attached (using a concertina fold and perforation). 240 artists are taking part and the confirmed first exhibition date is; 
30th April - 7th May 2010The International Postal Art Project, Bristol, 2010
F Block Gallery
The Faculty of Creative Arts,
Bower Ashton Campus,
The University of the West of England,
Kennel Lodge Road,
Bristol, BS3 2JT

Sunday, 10 January 2010

Tate Britain buys Battered

A copy of Battered has just been bought by the Tate Library, it'll be housed in the Hyman Kreitman Reading Rooms.

Visitors may use the Tate Library and Archive collections in the Hyman Kreitman Reading Rooms. Admission is free but you are required to register.