Monday, 2 April 2018

NEW BOOK - Marshland

Here is a preview of my latest artist's book, Marshland

18cm x 23 cm artist's book with 70 pages
Reproduced from a visual diary (sketchbook) drawn daily during October.
The original sketchbook is a vintage German 'home comments' book.
The illustrations were created using red and blue; Posca pens; Lamy fountain pens; coloured pencils; pastels; index cards and rubber stamps.

The visual diary was a direct response to emotions experienced throughout the month, visualised.
I am considering print options at the moment trying to figure out what feel I want from this book.

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Work in Progress - Morass

Very pleased with my large format test prints on archival sustainable heavy matt paper. Once they are fully dried and fixed, I'll be folding 2m concertinas.
I'm planning on cloth-bound hard covers in fuchsia.

Working title: Morass Publication date: TBC when I'm totally happy with it.

The image is a vertical slice from the Bank of England down through the sewers past the London Underground and down into Hell. This satirical vertical cross-section contains two quotes about finance by Charles Dickens. This artist's book was inspired by Our Mutual Friend (1865) and the grasping need for money that integrates all levels of society.

Friday, 6 October 2017

Damp Flat Books in exhibition: Ars Libris: Artists’ Books as Ergodic Texts

I'm pleased to announce that Damp Flat Books will be exhibited as part of a group show Ars Libris: Artists’ Books as Ergodic Texts in Bilkent University Library, Art Gallery in Ankara, Turkey, from October 12th to November 13th, 2017
Curated by Andrew J. Ploeg and Attila Gullu.

On show will be Mean Bone

Evil Eyes

Future Fantasteek! No.18

From exhibition organisers website:
'Artists’ books' is a term coined by Diane Vanderlip to describe the pieces gathered in an
exhibition that she curated at Moore College of Art in 1973. But the concept itself arguably dates back much earlier. Defying description and evading definition, artists’ books have generally come to denote works of art crafted as or from actual books. They emphasize physical qualities over literary ones and necessitate unconventional relationships with their “readers,” demanding interactions that are radically distinct from those of traditional books. The difficulty intrinsic to such interactions speaks to the nature of artists’ books as ergodic texts, texts that Espen J. Aarseth maintains require a nontrivial, extra-intellectual effort to traverse. Despite, or perhaps because of, their elusiveness and complexity, such books, including those fashioned by Brian Dettmer, Georgia Russell, Kaspen, and many others, challenge the presumed parameters of the
textual and the visual. In doing so, they raise and respond to urgent questions regarding art, literature, and readership.

Bilkent University Library, Art Gallery in Ankara

Exhibition photos, kindly taken byAttila Gullu

Friday, 22 September 2017

Artist’s Book Yearbook 2018-2019

Great to get my copy of the new Artist’s Book Yearbook 2018-2019 published by Impact Press at The Centre for Fine Print Research, University of the West of England, Bristol, September 2017

To order your copy go here:

Damp Flat Books in this edition: 
The Mean Bone / Future Fantasteek! No.8 / Future Fantasteek! Does Inktober

Monday, 10 April 2017

The Mean Bone - Exhibition

The first copy of The Mean Bone has been accepted for exhibition to cities of the Kirov region in Russia. As part of the collective Artistsbooks Russia.

The exhibition is titled 'Winged phrases, maxims and aphorisms' in ARTIST BOOK format.

"This topic seems to us, it is of interest not only by the content, but opens before the artist a wide range of technical and creative possibilities. Given the fact that this genre of literary work is brief, concise form, but succinct in content, it does not require a large area for the realization of the design, we decided to spend it in a miniature book format, that is no more than 100x75 mm."
From the collective's website:

I'll add more information when the dates/locations are confirmed, but here is a preview of my new book.

Monday, 6 February 2017

New book in progress - MEAN BONE

I'm working on my new book: MEAN BONE
It will be a micro-book, concertina with hard covers.

It's a book of unkind sayings or mean idioms from a variety of languages.
The phrases we all use to call people liars, idiots and gas-bags.
Phrases of unkindness are universal and this is a celebration of that.

The title Mean Bone comes from the expression: 'She hasn't got a mean bone in her body'.
This is where all the 'mean bones' are, in my book.

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Inktober 2016

I've just FINISHED Inktober 2016. The point being to make an image using ink every day during October and share of social media. There's a screen grab from Instagram below, I'll add the final images to this blog when it's all done and dusted. Here's a flick through my sketchbook...


My rules:
1. make image in sketchbook
2. only use black, white and red ink or felt pens
3. can add collaged elements ie. tape, paper, staples, stickers
4. can use rubber stamps I already have but only with black or red ink
5. show the materials used in the photos
6. stamp the date on the image

So here are the first batch as seen on Instagram

I'm also sharing them on Twitter

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Artists’ Books to Inspire Your Book Cover Designs

Interesting article 'Artists’ Books to Inspire Your Book Cover Designs' by Kaitlyn Ellison (USA).
Some great examples, nice to see Damp in Ditchwater included.

Link to article online, or click the images below to read...

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Confia16 - presentation about art-zines

I was really pleased to get my paper about art-zines accepted for Confia16.
The conference is on illustration and animation and this year its venue was the
lovely TEATRO GIL VICENTE in Barcelos, Portugal.
(I'll add a link to my paper, when it becomes available).

My presentation title:
Satirical zines about computers, apps and social media: Art-zines from the Zineopolis Collection. 

For more on Confia

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Women and Domesticity Exhibition

More news for the Domestic Dusters Project...

"Beyond excited to be exhibiting a large selection of dusters from the Women & Domesticity collection at the De La Warr Pavilion this weekend! They're on both levels of the north stairs (street side) until later this week. Visit to join the project and to book a ticket for Tuesday evening's PechaKucha talks when I'll taking my turn and talking about the project." Vanessa Marr


The Domestic Dusters exhibition has moved on! to:

Friday 1st May 2015
The event is being organised by the Centre of Studies of Home and the Queen Mary University London. The dusters will be hung for the day, pop-up style as before, during the event so all the delegates will get a chance to see them. Vanessa will be giving a talk about the project.

How it all began...

I'm delighted to be part of this upcoming exhibition on Women and DomesticityThe Private View will be held from 2-5pm on Saturday 28th February.
We will also be taking donations for Women's Aid at this event.
Studio 11, The Old Printworks, 20 Wharf Road, Eastbourne, BN21 3UG.
The studio is just a few minutes walk from Eastbourne train station and there is parking nearby.

Curated by Vanessa Marr, women were invited to sew their opinions on to a yellow duster.
Love it, loath it, fear it, resent it, or embrace it?
Is it an out-dated expectation or a predictable reality?
What does it mean to you personally?Stitch your perspective onto a duster!"

Here's what I stitched for the show:

Title: Call of Duty

When considering housework I tend to groan inwardly and grit my teeth. It’s like a chore to be endured rather than a task to be enjoyed. I don’t experience the satisfaction of a ‘job well done’ rather a mental image of the Forth Bridge that needs constant attention just to keep going.

I have a collection of homemaking manuals from the '40s -'50s and I particularly enjoy the jolly enthusiasm with which Good Housekeeping explains how to clean your house properly. I’ve stitched their cleaning descriptions exactly, to form the text, but I’ve placed the whole activity within the context of a Play Station game. I enjoyed the notion of ‘housework’ as an entertainment - however unlikely. ‘Call of Duty’ is a pun on the name of a popular series of computer games - but the title seemed very apt here.

Materials: Blue and red embroidery thread sewn onto a yellow duster.
J-cloth cut-out backed with interfacing and sewn on with blue thread.
Added buttons and blue fabric pen lines.
Laundry label attached by 2 small safety pins.

Visit Vanessa's blog for more information and images:

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Damp Flat Books Collected Works Catalogue

I've just released this Collected Works Catalogue, it details all of my artist's books and includes an introduction and list of which collections and libraries they can bee seen in. You can click the image below to read it online.

Monday, 25 January 2016

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Future Fantasteek! No.17 'Photoshop Yourself Happier'

Future Fantasteek! Issue No.17 is ready to go in the envelopes.
This issue is called Photoshop Yourself Happier

To read the whole thing...

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

ABYB - Artists' Book Year Book 2016-17

"Published by Impact Press, Autumn 2015. The ABYB is a biennial reference publication focusing on international activity in the field of book arts. It serves as a resource for librarians, artists, academics, students, collectors, dealers, publishers and researchers, in fact anyone interested in artists’ books!

Including up to date information on: Artist’s Book Publishers & Presses; Bookshops for artists’ books; Artist’s Book Dealers; Artist’s Book Galleries & Centres; Collections, Libraries & Archives; Artist’s Book Fairs and Events; Book Arts Courses and Workshops; Design, Print & Bind; Print Studios; Journals and Magazines; New Reference Publications; Organisations, People, Projects and Societies.

The ABYB also includes information on artists’ books sent in by 181 artists from: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Norway, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands, UK, USA."
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Future Fantasteek! No.16 and Be Nice When It's Finished Berlin are featured.

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Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Zineopolis visits Hastings

It was great to meet all the new Illustration for Screen Art  and Graphic Design for Digital Media degree students at the University of Brighton's Hastings Campus on Monday!

I took a selection of lovely zines from the Zineopolis Art-Zine collection and gave a lecture about the collection and how we define an 'Art-Zine'.
In the afternoon I ran a workshop with Paul Burgess (their Course Leader) and we explored the idea of 'GOOD and BAD' through a folded-sheet zine workshop. Here are some images of the day.