For centuries artists have been involved in printing and the production of books. But, the Artist’s Book, intended as a work of art in itself, is essentially a late 20th century form of artwork. Realised in the form of a book or book-like object, it may be constructed as a one of a kind art piece or as a small edition.
The artist has a large amount of control over the finished work. Artist’s books have been constructed in many forms: the traditional bound book, a concertina layout, the scroll, the folded form, a box containing loose pages….In all of its various guises Artist’s Books are creative, aesthetic and tactile.
The roll-up Artist’s Book below, is of a fictional street, Homestead Avenue, part of my ‘Mapping Ithaka’ project. I’ve treated each section of the street a little differently. Some parts are represented in pencil, other sections in ink, and others in paint, some are colourful, others toned down in sepia. After joining the sections together the whole book rolls up to a very compact ‘baton’ size, and rolls out to be several metres long.And, a concertina version of my pencil sketches:
My task was to create a document to promote Kingscliff Design School (http://kingscliffdesign.com/index.php). The project was basically about structuring a suitable visual language for the promotion of the school and its educational facilities, to an audience with a Design career focus, and also to identify the attractions of its Kingscliff location.
I designed a small stapled booklet, 20cm x 20cm, easy to handle and flip through the pages. The inclusion of all relevant information and the employment of visual stimuli were two of the major design considerations – basically an informative document presented with the impact of design. I love map-making and really enjoyed creating the pages showing the layout of the campus and the location of the school itself.
I’ve been wanting a small pocket-sized notebook to record book references and websites as I encounter them for later use. Not being able to find exactly what I needed, I opened one of my former book cover designs in Photoshop, resized it to be printed as a photograph, changed the text, but kept the fonts & colour (RGB-for a photo), removed the bar code, etc, & replaced the imagery.
The ‘reversing the book’ trick came in handy for this design. Open it from one side to record book references – turn it over & upside-down for the webs. I usually find this upside down feature when used in magazines an irritation. But it’s a useful tool in this case to keep notes organised. After folding the matt printed photo (the white lines are fold lines, making this a very easy step), I used double-sided tape to add enough blank pages, separating the two areas with a coloured page, and put it into use. It works really well. The assembly would have even been more efficient if I had just stitched the folded pages and then taped them to the cover.
This design exercise was for my entry into The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo competition being run by Dymocks and Murdoch Books (which also turned me on to Stieg Larsson an author I hadn’t yet read), calling for ‘a brand new cover image’. The design elements I chose to reference in my design include the overall feeling of an ambiguous, murky, sinister, multilayered story, and in particular, an aloof and rebellious, boyish yet attractive young woman, observant and analysing the consequences of the situation she finds herself in.
‘The Far North Coast and the Gold Coast are renowned for their local festivals. These festivals allow different subcultures to celebrate and express themselves in their own unique way’ …..words from one of my current study Briefs to select a local festival and develop a design concept for next year’s poster (A2 size), a related t-shirt & merchandising product.. I’ve chosen the Byron Bay Writers Festival.
Having decided to use photography as my basis for design development, I took myself on a photo shoot, experimenting with a variety of ideas, thumbnailing along the way, and then refining, adding the text, sponsors…etc.