Tuesday, 30 December 2008

single page binding

I clamped my pages between two pieces of wood and a clamp, then used a file to create slits down the spine area of my book. after filled it with glue and placed two pieces of (book binding) thread inthe slits, after pasted it with PVA glue again. left it int he clamps to dry to then reveal the book had been bound. After i just trimmed down the excess thread, and glued some scrim over the spine to secure it.

Saturday, 13 December 2008

Friday, 12 December 2008

Overlapping with Children's books

I found these in a book about children's picture books but I think that they can also apply to artist books as there seems to be quite an art to them!
This first one is like a little stage that you set up in layers and then the viewer has a little hole to look through at the scene...
This second one is a block book where you can change the order the images are opened at (I think!?)...
This third one I like, you swivel the circle around and it reveals another image underneath.  It could be something that you build up further and have a whole book of images underneath one another.

Sunday, 30 November 2008

Altenative Press Fair 1st February

Hi people! We plan to attend this event! I have paid for a table, and would like ink-soup issues 1&2, make-us-money, and the ABC zine and cheap book section to be represented. I need help however, with someone manning and selling our work (an enthusiastic, organized, and friendly soul, who is willing to sell their own as well as other people's work - you will be briefed and your train fare will be paid for)

If there are no takers then we will have to pull out of this event, as I am hoping to attend Angouleme at the same time! And will report back to you on this event!!!

Note! The Alternative Press Fair is more an opportunity for the lower priced end of books to be marketed, while The "Artist's books" will be represented at Leeds & Bristol, which Mario, has kindly offered to pay for!

Tuesday, 25 November 2008


HEY!! I'm booked in for 3:00 on 12 dec for a free 30 minute artist book surgery, apparently they'll discuss your work with you! Theres a couple more slots left..


12th International Contemporary Artists' Book Fair

taking place in Leeds, UK, 6 & 7 March 2009.

This fair is probably more fine art orientated - but again I personally will be selling at either the pound, or the 5 pound mark. You should all take the opportunity to re-package your work, and make another set of limited editions! I myself will be re-designing many of my original works, but also looking forward to exploring new designs!

Monday, 17 November 2008

Liverpool Artist Book Fair

Jatinder sold another!!! Can I be your agent Jatinder!! Charlotte!!! I can never keep a secret - you made 45 pounds!! Roo sold stuff, I sold a very small number, and Sarah lynch sold a few. This time round it was very fine art orientated (according to John B)

Here are some pictures taken by John:

Thursday, 13 November 2008

Fold Request

Chiu, your magical, wonderful A4 Chiu fold, could you post up the template? I remember the middle square part...but I know there was two more cuts somewhere...You can email me if you want to keep it a secret >.> I'll even buy one off you on Tuesday, just wanted it now because I have no patience o.o


Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Artist Book Fair Liverpool

This Saturday the 15th of November!!

Charlotte! Get Folding, Jatinder! Get packaging! John Barrett will be going up on Saturday, and I may give Roo's books for him to take. Not sure if mine will go yet - I may work on them - Anyone interested have work ready by THURSDAY! sorry for late notice, but John just mentioned he was going today (not as a biad rep)

Saturday, 8 November 2008

Manchester! Our first Outing

Yes! That's how much we made, one hundred and eighty one pounds and fifty pence. The Bad news is there where quite a few non-sellers, reasons of which will vary between books - We will have an analytical session for all those interested!

A few mentions, Jatinder sold one at twenty pounds, and was the star of the show - A lady from the Tate gallery collection almost bought one, and even returned to apologize for not purchasing the book - there were several professional reasons why the book may have been turned down - again to discuss!

Roo sold 66 pounds worth, and was the overall best seller - 10 books and 8 postcard sets, and quite a few book of secrets (but I keep the money of those for my train fare) - Roo email me to let me know how you want the money transferred

In a frantic last minute spree near the end of the day, a woman finally bought one of Johan's!

Here are some pictures of our table, I will post more of the event later:

Thanks to Jess for coming up, and making the time fly by with that northern banter! You did well to put up with me for the whole day!

Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Go! Go! ABC's first outing!

A drawing to wish ABC's first outing very best of luck and fun.

I really want to be there tho.....

Sunday, 2 November 2008

We will be here - ABC's first outing!

The Third Manchester Artists' Book Fair

Saturday 8th November 2008

10am - 10.45am Guest Speaker

11am - 5.30pm Fair open to the public

11am - 4pm MMU Artists' Books special collection open

Sir Kenneth Green Library and Holden Gallery
Manchester School of Art
Manchester Metropolitan University
All Saints Campus
Oxford Road

Guest Speaker Neil Crawford on Artist Book Collecting,
10am in the Sir Kenneth Green Library

Fair opens 11.00am in the Holden Gallery, Grosvenor Building

45 stands and the MMU special collection of artists' books


Thursday, 30 October 2008

ECOda Zoo

this is a cute little website. it's actually not about bookmaking, but there are 3D pop-up books of ECO ideas from each animal, really lovely. don't forget to move your mouse to get a 360 degree view of each page and the animals' homes.


Friday, 17 October 2008


The Bonefolder publishes significant articles by established and emerging authorities on a variety of book arts topics. These include hand bookbinding, teaching, business practice, the history of the book, the book as art, general tips & tricks, exhibitions, how-to technical articles, and reviews.

Thursday, 16 October 2008

Flip Animation Festival 2008


A little bit off the path of Artists Books, but still a good couple of days out, Flip Animation Festival 08 is being held 6-8th November, the launch is in Birmingham and most of the rest is being held in Wolverhampton. Apparently it's also preceded by some gaming events in the days before.

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

single needle chain stitch

some great photos showing single needle chain stitch - using a curved needle (we have some if you want to borrow one)

note in the above picture a great use for those free telephone directories, I'm off to try mine now!

Tuesday, 14 October 2008


The Artist Book 3.0 forum is for artists, curators, librarians, students, and researchers interested in artist books and the book arts.


Sunday, 12 October 2008

the art of paper folding

This guy is a genius when it comes to paper folding. he has some examples of books too on his purchase link:


Friday, 10 October 2008

Inspiration for Artist Book people

I came across a really useful search engine for Artist Books. You can search by artist, book type (e.g. accordion), technique, binding, subject or publisher.
Just a note to say, you need to enable pop-ups to use this site, as soon as you select something from the drop-down menus a new window will pop-up with the results.

Have fun!


P.S. There are a few Graphic Novels lurking around in there too... and Zines

Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Coptic Stitch binding with hard cover

here's a great youtube video on coptic stitching:

One day Symposium

I will be going to the symposium! Hope to see some of you there?
p.s. Wellywearer! Thanks for earlier post!

Wednesday, 17 September 2008

small book publishers

take a look...


artists greetings cards

Heres a place where you can sell handmade greetings cards. you just send em a load of cards and they sell them for you in a gallery. They just double the price you want for them. so say £1.50, they would sell them for £3. Sounds pretty simple.

The Independent Line

'The Cheltenham Awards present a one-day symposium exploring autonomies and alternatives for the new generation of narrative illustrators' Wednesday 15th October. Also a chance to see the winning entries for the 'Tall Tales' Cheltenham Illustration Award. Tickets are free but need to be booked by the end of September apparently.


Films of old letterpress and bookbinding factory processes

Some fascinating archived films on the old letterpress and bookbinding factory processes:

Making Books (1947) click on image to go to footage page

Book Binders (1961)

Monday, 15 September 2008

Designer Bookbinders

For anyone particularly interested in hand-making high quality books


The site focuses mainly on the quality and aesthetics of production side of things, has information about courses all over the UK, and some competitions. Sue Doggett, one of the fellows, has also published The Bookbinding Handbook with detailed illustrations and instructions for making dozens of different types of books.

Tuesday, 2 September 2008

book making workshop

for those feeling rich, who didnt get a chance to learn off chiu and still may be on an extended holiday in cornwall, there is a workshop on book making. cornwall we love you


Sunday, 17 August 2008

first copies for A4 project

here's my Roar issue 01 re-designed with text and an inside fold up and fold out inside poster

and here's RoO's "The Book of a Secret" contribution, with a great tall vertical folding feel

Thursday, 14 August 2008

my easy way of making a case-bound book

When you have all your pages glued (or bound) together, you'll need to measure the height, the width and the thickness of the bound pages. Combine those numbers and numbers shown in the picture, you can make a fairly nice case-bound book. This can be applied to books of any size. and it's really quite easy. Give it a try!

Friday, 8 August 2008

Call for Book artists

The Temple Gallery will host an Artist Book Festival on the 4th & 5th of October 2008


more event news here : http://www.zyarts.com/zybooks/events.html

Monkey Tree & Robot


message from Tsz

"I went to Amsterdam last month, you won't believe, I went to a shop, it sells ALL handmade book, from very low cost photo copy to proper bind finished...it's AMAZING.
I have been thinking to blog it on ABC, but just not sure anyone can understand my writing, so I left this job for you.
It called BOKIE WOKIE"

Wednesday, 6 August 2008

we love your books

Life is full of happy coincidences, and one of the best ones I've had this month is finding out that a partner in crime during my MA study at BIAD (actually we were a big gang that ran the MA with ruthless efficiency) is now a well established book artist!


for those interested there is a great opportunity to have work exhibited in a weloveyourbooks exhibition next year. For details:


Monday, 4 August 2008

Roo's Package

Hi people! Just received Roo's mega package from Taiwan! 148 books (two missing, I suspect customs pinched two because they're so tasty) 50 postcards, and one box of business cards. These will definitely be going to the Fairs!!

ROAR issue 3

Tuesday, 29 July 2008

my submission to ABC

wee book: scanned images and typed stories were edited in A6 size pages and then printed and staple-bound as booklets seen above.
postcards: 4 images edited in A4 size and printed with heavy weight paper, then quartered into 4 postcards.

the last images are some just-for-fun needle work inspired by images from the postcards and the wee book "RoO's Little Book of Twisted Romances", arranged in two 10"x20" 3D frames
posted by RoO

Alphabet book