New book: A Button for All Occasions

29 Feb

Tomorrow is World Book Day! Your chance to celebrate favourite stories and characters and authors. And indeed artist books! What attracts me to books is how playful you can make them. I’m interested in creating a unique reading experience through inventive formats, colours, shapes and folds. The content is then presented in a more unexpected way, enabling the idea to step off the page and come alive.

Here’s a ‘Remote Control’ book I made last week and launched at Ffotogallery’s successful the Book Arts Fayre on Saturday.

A double concertina book, this folds out into a series of colourful sections explaining the function of each button – whether that is to make a bus come, be brave, stretch out the weekends or find lost things. It feels like a remote when held, and in that sense it’s interactive. To look inside, click here to see photographs of each side of the concertina.

At the Book Arts Fayre I shared a stall with my friend Ian Watson who’s work I enjoy very much. Here’s a picture of our stall:

Resident DJ and friend Nana Koechek had some work on sale – do have a look at her website .

I love her small zine ‘Can your monkey do the dog?’ and she swapped one of these with me in exchange for a Rhyming Flapjack Recipe book. Here’s the front cover – there’s still a few available in Nanna’s shop.

Opposite my stall was Maybe World, created by Christian Olsen. I was very impressed by the finish and presentation of the books; there was something almost scientific about them. I bought a couple of fun little photo-montage books, which have been created as a way to tell stories with collected ephemera. Here’s a picture of  his stall (very impressed by the fairy lights).

Thank you again Ffotogallery for hosting such a wonderful event… and all the lovely people who bought books and prints.

I’ve now added some more items – books and illustrations – to my bigCartel shop. Including digital prints of Alan, bearded rider of tall bicycles, and the Ideas Cabinet of Curiosities. Also a selection of hand printed books / zines, more of which will be going on there soon.

Click here to visit the shop!

Finally, for all you Twitter types, @WorldBookDayUK has been doing a fantastic job generating excitement for tomorrow with their hash tags. What book character would you be? What would you call your imaginary novel? Join the celebrations here.

If I was #fictionalforaday I would, without a doubt, be Serafina Pekkala from Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials. A clever, honest and beautiful witch flying beneath the Aurora.

Next up: an illustration-related post, with a new piece of work and a treasure trove of links.

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