Tuesday 17 December 2013

Roller Printing at Volume - Birmingham’s Art, Book and Print Fair at Birmingham's New Library

Part of the Library of Birmingham’s Discovery Season, Volume: Birmingham’s Art, Book and Print Fair,will host speakers, panel discussions, workshops and a fair. It is a unique event bringing together existing organisations in collaboration: Writing West Midlands, Birmingham Zine Festival, An Endless Supply, BCU Typography Hub, Grand Union and Eastside Projects. Each organisation will contribute to debates currently critical in the fields of publishing, bookmaking and writing. Panel discussions will cover subjects as diverse as digital technology and how it will enhance publishing and writing, copyright, libraries of the future and the publishing economy. At FREE workshops you will be able to learn about roller printing  Stephen Fowler – Sat 10:00 – 5:00pm, how to make an entire zine in one day, writing for digital outlets, letterpressing and Reduction Lino Printing. 

Participants could make their own rollers from Scaffolding foam or pipe lagging or ones made by myself and/or students from the Oxfordshire School of Creative Arts foundation course. 

We all printed on a large roll of paper and several sheets of wallpaper lining. 

Two Fine Art students from birmingham school of art turned up and helped run the workshop, several other helpers arrived to clear up the mess at the end (including Ange, Hazel from bristol & Sarah of Capsule fame) I really couldn't have done it without them.

The workshop ran all day - it was pretty chaotic ! but very exciting - here are some photographs (taken by Katja Ogrin) that documented the day. 

Capsule organised the workshop and bookfair 

Roller Printing in Banbury

On the way to the Birmingham Artist Bookfair I stopped off at Banbury to run a roller workshop for the  Oxfordshire School of Art & Design Foundation student's experimental drawing class.

The students produced some excellent prints - here are a few of them.....

Roller print in sketchbook 

Experiential circular roller print  (made with one pull of the roller)

Collaborative roller print 

Print created with a combination of stencil and roller 

Experiential collaborative roller print   

Repeat pattern print inspired by decorative tiles 

Saturday 14 December 2013

Books from the Venice Biennale

I love these beautiful & disturbing scrapbooks - they were created by shinro ohtake,

since 1977, japanese artist Shino Ohtake has been collaging found materials, personal mementos, and an astonishing array of other odds and ends into a sprawling series of ‘scrapbooks’. the collection now numbers over sixty albums, some of which contain as many as seven hundred pages. . . .

Read more about the artist and his books