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Jim Butler, Blackrock Sequence,, with poems by David Butler. Signed and numbered edition of 20 copies, 2017, 24pp, 38 x 28.5 cm. Screenprinted in 12 colours on BFK Rives; case- bound with screenprinted cover. Printed and bound by the artist in Cambridge. Photo: Jim Butler
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Artists’ Books #33: Jim Butler – Blackrock Sequence

Artist and Cambridge School of Art lecturer Jim Butler won the ‘professional book’ category at this year’s World Illustration Awards with his screenprinted book, Blackrock Sequence. Sarah Bodman is impressed by his subtle interweaving of image and text.

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Brian Dettmer, A Sentimental Journey, 2018, from an edition illustrated by Brian Robb, 1948.
Photo: The Laurence Sterne Trust
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Artists’ Books #32: A Sentimental Journey with Laurence Sterne

To celebrate the 250th anniversary of Laurence Sterne’s last work of fiction, a new exhibition including commissioned illustrations by cartoonist Martin Rowson and bookworks by New York-based artist Brian Dettmer is taking place at Sterne’s former home Shandy Hall in Coxwold, near York. Sarah Bodman reports.

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Book ship 3D model by Leonard McDermid of Stichill Marigold Press, made in response to the short story ‘Watching God’ by China Miéville, for World Book Night 2018.
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Artists’ Books #29: World Book Night United Artists

World Book Night on 23 April will see the launch in Bristol of a collaborative artists’ book containing all text and image responses made in tribute to the short story ‘Watching God’ from Three Moments of an Explosion by China Miéville. Sarah Bodman of UWE Bristol’s Centre for Fine Print Research discusses this and previous artists’ book created for the annual project.

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SALT+SHAW, Ocean Bestiary, a book of strange and miraculous Medieval-inspired sea creatures. Concertina construction, using letterpress text, acrylic paint, gold foil, whale bone and leather inlay. Unique book, 2017. Photo: Susan Shaw
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Artists’ Books #28: Salt+Shaw, collaborative book makers

Sheffield-based artists Paul Salt and Susan Shaw have been making books together for more than 15 years. For the latest in her series on artists’ books, Sarah Bodman celebrates their approach to the format which sees them responding to natural and urban environments to create unique pieces or small editions.

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Julie Johnstone, fixed|unfixed, Essence Press, 2017. An ongoing project creating 25mm badges as wearable publications
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Artists’ Books #25: Small Publishers Fair at London’s Conway Hall

This week, London’s Conway Hall is host to the Small Publishers Fair, an annual celebration of books by contemporary artists, writers, composers, book designers, and their publishers. Sarah Bodman previews the event, which runs from 10-11 November, and highlights the work of the artists involved.

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Angie Butler in her studio, selecting printing materials for the book from Bristol-based paper supplier Arboreta Papers
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Artists’ Books #24: Making Books in Bristol

Sarah Bodman previews Angie Butler’s new artist’s book which she has created as part of a research residency exploring the diverse creative practice of artists making books in Bristol and the physical production of books in the city.

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Kate Bernstein, Uccello’s Beautiful Battle, 2016. A variable edition of two, screenprint on Simili Japon, bound in book cloth with raised design
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Artists’ Books #20: Kate Bernstein’s Italian connection

Sarah Bodman continues her series with a look at the work of an artist whose ongoing investigation into the workings and history of Paolo Uccello’s The Battle of San Romano has inspired a number of works, with a new publication set to be showcased at this year’s Liverpool Artists’ Book Fair.

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Stephen Fowler, Pigeon Post, sheet of rubber stamp printed, perforated ‘artistamps’. Photo: Stephen Fowler
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Artists’ Books #17: The BABE Passport Scheme

The latest in Sarah Bodman’s series looking at the varied and fascinating area of artists’ self-publishing looks at a special ‘passport’ stamp project, part of the 10th anniversary edition of the Bristol Artists’ Book Event.

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Detail: Condensations, Nathan Walker, Uniformbooks, 2017. Photo: Nathan Walker
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Artists’ Books #16: Nathan Walker’s Condensations

For the latest in her ongoing series looking at the diverse and inventive world of artists’ books, Sarah Bodman enjoys the performative nature of Nathan Walker’s Condensations, with its thick screes of words and essence of place inspired by a residency in Ambleside.

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26 Library Books, a trans-Atlantic collaboration by Lenka Clayton (USA) and Chris Taylor (UK), The Tetley, 2015. Photo: Louise Atknson
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Artists’ Books #15: Pages project 20th anniversary

John McDowall and Chris Taylor are celebrating 20 years of their Pages artists’ book project with a series of events and exhibitions, including the 20th Leeds International Contemporary Artists’ Book Fair in March. Sarah Bodman looks forward to this significant milestone.

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