We kicked off with making some folders for the show with help from curators, artists and a work experience student.
Kaori tutoring Darcy and Volker in positioning labels onto the folders
Next came The Book of the Night when around 30 artists, writers, printers, designers and book makers got together to work through the night to make a book.
|Alex is getting ready to run off the first prints|
|Alcohol and coffee helped through the night|
|Erwin and Cat working on the digital version see http://abookofthenight.blogspot.com/|
|Early morning with the prints and texts displayed on the gallery wall|
The prints have taken a while to dry but it is now PZ Conservation's job to bind together two books from the prints and texts. We hope to do this the first week of June and then everyone can get together and celebrate!
Another thing we helped with was the display of artists books which are in the main exhibition area until the end of the show. These include works by Ian Hamilton Finlay, Mandy Bonnell and Bryan Ingham.
We have also spent a week in the project space in the gallery, where we showed how books are sewn, the materials books are made from and how they are decorated.
|The project space at the Exchange Gallery|
|Decorative papers were on show. Check out Shepherds http://www.falkiners.com/ if you want to buy some|
We wanted as many people to have a go at sewing or threading simple books which they could then take away.
Using the brass finishing tools that are used to decorate book covers was also popular
Monika was able to show a group how to make single section books and decorate them
The results were pretty impressive!
Last weekend was the PRINT! symposium. Very popular and great fun to be part of. We gave a talk on what needs to be considered when making an artist book such as grain direction, imposition, format, paper weight and different binding materials.
|Goodness knows what I am doing here? Juggling?|
Book artist supremo, Mandy Bonnell came down from London to talk about her process of making. "I always want to work on big projects but I work to a small scale. Making a book can accommodate this"
|Mandy laying out preparatory drawings for her new book|
|Stick insects and beetles from Antmothbeetlemillipedespider|
Thats all for today. We will let you know when the Book of the Night is ready.