I have been fascinated by Artist’s Books ever since I first heard of them, and I am already a maker of books. But now my vision is to make a limited edition of books “properly bound”.
Of course I have all sorts of other commitments but the gift of working at the Oxford Printmakers (OPC) once a week means I can run a new project alongside everything else.
Below are some of the books I’ve made, as journals.
I think I’d like the Artist’s book to have a covered spine.
Anyway, I’ve decided to record the project on my blog – the inspirations, frustrations, triumphs and set-backs and ultimately the Book – or Not.
Time scale: a year or so.
So what are the ingredients needed:
Vision: to make a limited edition of an Artist’s Book
Concept of how it will look when complete: needs exploration
Excellent script: enriched with imagery – I have this – Rope of Words written by Megan Kerr, 5000 words. www.megankerr.co.uk
Illustration style: that will relate to the text and is engaging – needs exploration
Illustration – means of printmaking: a means to reproduce illustration style – needs exploration
Text style: A font or handwritten or digitised lettering style?
Text – means of printmaking: Letterpress (I wish!) or screen printing (accessible)
and that is just the start.
Disclaimer: This may never get off the ground, so I’m taking a chance in doing it publicly. But on the other hand, I’ve started trying ideas, so that may be worthwhile in itself.