Saturday, September 27, 2014

More Damp Flat Books

Be Nice When It's Finished - Berlin by Jackie Batey.
This was an example of one of Jackie's recent books, based on her observations of Berlin as an ever evolving city.  

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Our meeting on Saturday 20th September 2014

We had a great meeting on Saturday morning with lots of new faces joining and enjoyed a fascinating peek into the world that Jackie Batey of has created in her book art and zines.  The response from the group after her visit has been very enthusiastic and many of us went away so inspired that we were thinking we couldn't wait to start some new work immediately!
Jackie showed us lots of her work and her wit and humour shone through all the lovely stuff she brought along.  It is amazing to think she talks about anxieties and then manages to create work about them in such a playful way.  She obviously collects loads of ephemera which feeds into her publications.  And we were glad to hear she had moved from her damp flat to more of a dry bungalow..... although retaining her identity as dampflat books seems like a brilliant idea.

Jackie generously shared lots of tips for making work.  For example how inexpensive stationery materials can be used instead of the more expensive art papers, and what web sites are useful for self-publishing (or even selfie-publishing!), mentioning 'blurb' and 'lulu' among others.

We also heard from one of our members about the forthcoming Artists Book Fair in Norwich.  A long way off, in May 2015, although worth attending by the sound of it.  Apparently, it's curated and set out well, and it's called Turn the Page, and takes place in The Forum in Norwich, if anyone fancies a trip.  If anyone does eventually go, it would be valuable to hear all about it at one of our sessions afterwards.

There's also the London Art Book Fair at the Whitechapel from 26 - 28 September, which hosts lots of publishing houses stands.

Looking forward to our next meeting at Phoenix Gallery again at 10.30 am on Saturday morning 15 November 2014, and the subsequent possible Workshop we will be doing.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Book Arts Collective Meeting on 20th September 2014

Some Great NEWS -

The meeting on 20th September at Phoenix Gallery in Brighton at 10.30 am will now have an invited guest, Jackie Batey.  Jackie's blog makes interesting and fun reading, and you can look at it on   Some of the ways she describes herself are -

I produce limited edition hand made Artist's Books, Zines and single images, many of them satirical, under the brand name of Damp Flat Books. My artist’s books are held in many permanent collections such as the V&A Museum, Tate Britain, The Getty Institute in Los Angeles and the Joan Flasch Collection, Chicago. I am featured on the V&A Website as an example (one of 6) representing U.K. Book Artists. Many of the themes I enjoy working with are, anxiety, satire and modern living. I make limited editions that vary between 10 and 50. I use my own photography, illustration and hand drawn type within my books along with composing the text, designing, printing and binding. I have attended conferences internationally to present my artist's books and to talk about art-zines and illustration. Currently I am working on new artist’s books and zines as well as exploring digital versions for ipads, e-readers whilst having fun exploring printmaking and collage for artist’s books and single images.

I create my own serial Art-Zine called Future Fantasteek! It now runs to over 16 issues and has recently toured the UK and USA, Future Fantasteek! is collected by many libraries and galleries, including Tate Britain and the British Library. all issues can be found in its own blog and are available to read digitally as is the tour catalogue."

Jackie will be coming along to chat to us all about her work and we are thrilled she can fit us in to her busy life.  Have a look at her amazing work, and be ready for an inspirational session.  See you there!