Monday, 9 May 2022

Artists' Bookmarket 2022 at the Fruitmarket Gallery


 

The Fruitmarket Gallery Presents: 
Artists' Bookmarket 2022

 
Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th May 2022
Open 10:00 - 1800 on Saturday and 10:00 - 17:00 Sunday
* Free entry *
 
Next weekend, Edinburgh's Fruitmarket Gallery will hold this year's Artists' Bookmarket for another two days of workshops, talks and the opportunity to see and buy work from exhibiting artists.  Edinburgh’s annual celebration of artists’ book culture is held for the first time in tandem with Edinburgh Zine Library who will be bringing their first Zine Festival to Fruitmarket’s Warehouse space. The event runs over two busy weekend days with stalls laid out to showcase a wide array of work. 

I will be exhibiting with much of the work pictured below, alongside many other participants - for the full list of this year's stallholders visit https://www.fruitmarket.co.uk/event/artists-bookmarket-2022/  A full list of the talks and workshops happening over the weekend can be found below.

Hopefully see some of you there next weekend!
 

 

TALKS AND WORKSHOPS


SATURDAY 14.05.22

11am–12.15pm.
Workshop: Edinburgh Zine Library, Zine Fever: Exploring the History of Zines
Studio. 12 places. Ages 16+. Book via Eventbrite
Focusing on exploring themes in the stories we tell.


11am–1.30pm.
Workshop: Marion Archibald: Introduction to Book-Making
Information Room. 10 places. Ages 14+. £20+BF. Book via Eventbrite
Introduction to basic techniques of book making: folded and cut books, sewn pamphlets and creating a hard cover for a folded book. By the end of the workshop you will have a selection of simple books to take away and templates for future use.


1.30–2.15pm.
Talk: Adam Geary: A Photobook Journey
Studio. Free.
Geary has been publishing photobooks featuring his own work and that of other photographers for over 10 years. With over 35 photobooks under his belt, Geary will take you through his approach to publishing with inspirations for how you might make your own books.


2–3pm.
Workshop: Ciarrai Samson: Letterlocking Workshop
Information Room. 12 places. Adults and 8+. £12+BF. Book via Eventbrite
A brief overview of letterlocking, the historical practice of folding or cutting to secure a letter without an envelope, introduces six different letterlocking techniques, each using a single sheet of paper, with no glue or scissors.


2.45–3.30pm
Talk: C.A. Hiley & Cé Simonis: How We Make Our Work
Studio. Free.
Storytellers and self-publishers, the artists share how they use their riso-machine and printmaking knowledge to create unusual visual narratives that are accessible to a broad public.


3.30–4.30pm.

Workshop: Lucy Roscoe: A Garden in a Book
Information Room. 10 places. Adults. £16+BF. Book via Eventbrite
Create your very own garden using the book form of a compound concertina. Building on a classic pamphlet stitch you will learn some practical bookmaking skills that can easily be done at home, then explore how the complex concertina form can be manipulated to create beautiful results. Along the way we will discuss colour, texture, papers and why we make books.


4–4.45pm
Talk: David Faithfull: (W)ORD Ebbe + Flow Project
Studio. Free.
Faithfull discusses his collaborative project with Norwegian-based artist Imi Maufe. In a travelling exhibition 9 artists have an individual drawer in a specially designed chest, which opens to reveal sculptures, drawings, prints, video and artefacts to fill the space in any sized gallery, ferry, barn or other unusual exhibition space. An artist’s book accompanies the project.



SUNDAY 15.05.22

11am – 12.15pm
Workshop: Edinburgh Zine Library.
Choose Your Own Adventure: (Re)telling Scottish Myths and Legends
Studio. Ages 12+ (under 16s must be accompanied by an adult).
Book via Eventbrite
Brian from Stout Stoat Press will guide you through making a Choose Your Own Adventure zine – drawing inspiration from classic myths and legends.


10.30am–12pm
Workshop: Elaine Robson: Three Spines
Information Room. 12 places. Adults and 12+. £5+BF. Book via Eventbrite
If a book can be considered a form that collects and conveys information, how does the binder sequence that information and what happens when the reader can change the page order? Three different folded paper structures that need no glue or stitching to hold loose pages, postcards or prints.


12.15–2.15pm
Workshop: Kerry Douglas: Coptic Binding
Information Room. 10 places. Ages 14+. £20+BF. Book via Eventbrite
Learn the intricate technique of ‘Coptic’ binding, also known as the ‘link stitch’ and come away with your own beautifully handbound A6 book that lays open flat and is easy to write or sketch in. Using traditional tools, participants will focus on grain direction of paper, attaching covers and the main focus will be on learning the coptic stitch.


2.15–3pm

Talk: RUHUMAN – Keith Armstrong’s Typewriter Art
Studio. Free.
Barrie Tullett introduces the meticulous typewriter art of artist and disability rights activist Keith Armstrong, celebrated in a new publication from The Caseroom Press.


3.30–4.15pm
Talk: David Henningham: Foulness – a novel in three editions
Studio. Free.
The Henningham Family Press’s innovative split editions divide their print run between paperback and hand-finished editions, so that the same books which find homes in museum collections are also accessible through high street book shops. Publisher David Henningham shares how he applied his experience of presenting the same material across different editions to the publication of his novel Foulness which describes the uncanny island of Foulness in Essex.


3.45–4.45pm.
Workshop: Rachel Ashenden & Molly Gilroy (The Debutante): Surrealist Collage
Information Room. 10 places. All ages. £5+BF. Book via Eventbrite
Unleash your inner child by creating new worlds with fragments of materials. You’ll be given a brief history of surrealist collage, receive collage prompt, and be guided through making your own collage creation.

Thursday, 18 November 2021

Tam O' Shanter: new artists book

I am finally able to share images from a recently completed book art project that was started long before the pandemic, a wordless paper-cut leporello book of Robert Burns' epic poem Tam O' Shanter -

The poem follows the misadventures of farmer Tam on his way home from another night in the pub and a chance encounter with a coven of witches and warlocks along the way...  



I felt that the supernatural subject matter of the poem lent itself very well to being re-told in this format, especially the chase scene, and the artwork focuses almost exclusively on the journey home from the tavern...

 
 








During the first lockdown in March 2020, I began working in a much slower way: instead of working with a combination of hand-drawn line images and Photoshop, I took the time to hand paint the entire piece.  The end result of this way of working meant that there was much more of a connection between the original ink artwork and the final cut-out piece.
 


This version of Tam O' Shanter is in an open edition, however each copy will have its own unique number.  It's my intention to create a limited edition version next year.
 

Tam O' Shanter will be available to purchase from my online shop from 
5pm on Sunday 21st November 2021

You can visit the online shop at
https://joannarobsonillustration.bigcartel.com/

 





 


Thank you for looking!

Monday, 8 November 2021

Thursday, 3 June 2021

If printmaking papers were fictional characters...

...what would they look like? 
 
 
  A non-printmaker friend thought that the name Fabriano Rosaspina Bianco sounded more like a fictional character than a type of printmaking paper and so there was only one sensible thing to do after this conversation.  I went on to create a small cast of characters based on the names of some well-known papers found in many printrooms.  This was a fun exercise in using Photoshop a little bit more and also in hurrying on the time until we can properly return to the print studios! 

The Fabriano Rosaspinas
These papers handle all kinds of inks beautifully. They make a great impression, but can split under too much pressure


 
Plike
The indestructible new kid. Plike is strong stuff and can handle screenprinting, lasercutting, folding, spilt liquids and (miraculously) does not tear too easily. Just what is this paper made of?


Zerkall
Handles detail beautifully...
 
 
Somerset Silk, Satin and Velvet
These papers are a mystery to me, mainly because I hardly use them...
 

 


Hahnemuhle
 She brings out the colour and the clarity in your aquatinted intaglio prints like no other paper can. Just what is her secret?
 

 





Wednesday, 5 May 2021

New video of Nylmah

I created the short video below of my artists' book Nylmah after making the Lockdown Home Show in March this year.  Nylmah is the first artists' book whose story I devised myself, so its tale and themes feel quite special to me.

Below is the video and I hope you enjoy!  Comments or any feedback always welcome.


Youtube link - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDIo0Dz0goY


Friday, 26 March 2021

Lockdown Home Show

After a difficult year of events being cancelled and places being closed, I decided to create a temporary exhibition space at home and share it online.

Seeing as there won't be any galleries open or art fairs happening for a long time yet, I thought that making and sharing something like this would be the next best thing and would make for an interesting alternative.

Much of the work will be familiar to those of you who've been following my work for a while, but there are a couple of unseen works in progress too!

The final result was a 10 minute video and can be accessed below and at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZC7g8-R_syU

 


I hope you enjoy the short video! 

Any comments or feedback in general is welcome.

 

Friday, 24 April 2020

RSA Annual Exhibition 2020




Fighting the Monster (above) was accepted for inclusion in this year's Annual Exhibition at the Royal Scottish Academy, which I was delighted to learn about.  However due to the current global pandemic, the exhibition has been moved online and will run until the end May 2020.

It's a pity not to be able to visit the exhibition space itself and see everyone's work on display, so for now we all view the artwork from the comfort (and safety) of our own sofas.

Visit the RSA Annual Exhibition website

Review in Scotsman can be found here at https://www.scotsman.com/arts-and-culture/art/art-review-rsa-annual-exhibition-2020-online-2543135

Monday, 2 March 2020

The Fruitmarket Gallery Presents: Artists' BookMarket 2020

 New location:
Custom Lane, 1 Customs Wharf, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 6AL 

 
Next weekend, Edinburgh's Fruitmarket Gallery will hold this year's Artists' BookMarket for another two days of workshops, talks and the opportunity to see and buy work from exhibiting artists.

This year the fair will move location to Custom Lane in Leith, while the Fruitmarket Gallery itself undergoes refurbishment.  The fair will be open from 10 til 5pm both days, with free entry.

I will be exhibiting with much of the work pictured above, alongside nineteen other participants - for the full list of this year's stallholders visit https://www.fruitmarket.co.uk/event/artists-bookmarket-2020/2020-03-07/  There is also a dedicated Facebook page for the event at https://www.facebook.com/events/627801064640631/

Hopefully see some of you there next weekend!



Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Sheffield Artists Book Fair 2019


Sheffield Artists Book Fair 2019

The Sheffield International Artist Book Prize will be hosting Sheffield's inaugural Artists Book Fair on Saturday 5th October 2019.  The fair will be held in conjunction with Off the Shelf Festival and will be followed by an Open Forum / Discussion to discuss the setting up of an Artist's Book Centre in Sheffield.

The Fair will be part of a wider programme of exhibitions, workshops and events centred around the Sheffield International Artist's Book Prize Collection, now numbering over 800 books.

I'll be one of over seventy artists taking part on the day - hopefully see some of you there!



More details on the fair can be found at 




Book art exhibition on at Sheffield central library (on display until 28th September 2019)

Friday, 14 June 2019

Eighteenth Century Work in London: A Guide




Until recently these characters were little more than doodles in an old sketchbook I had.  Upon their rediscovery, I decided to give them a bit of a makeover and let them see the light of day.

And here are the results!






From 5pm on Sunday 16th of June 2019 all of these items will be available to purchase as postcards, prints and concertina books.

Visit joannarobsonillustration.bigcartel.com to see the full collection.