Third year Book Arts and Design students present 'Book in context' Interim Show, in the Well Gallery, at London College of Communication.
17th February - 24th February 2012.

Private View - 16th February from 7pm.

If you have any questions or queries please feel free to contact us on

bookartsinterimshow@gmail.com

Interim show exhibition catalogue.

Our catalogue is self assemble book, where the audience is invited to select and choose their own pages to create and bind their own unique record of our show. There are a number of different methods of binding in which the audience is encouraged to choose from. The variety of different work ensures that every catalogue made will be singular and personal.

— 2 years ago
#Catalogue  #book arts  #interim show 
Matthew Miller'Back to Future' “Back to the Future is a slide show of stills from the 1985 film of the same name. These stills have then been merged with my own illustrations of each scene demonstrated. By wearing ‘3D’ glasses, the viewer is able to view both of these images simultaneously, one in each eye. The viewer also has the option to close one eye in order to see the two images individually. The illustrations are inspired by Virgina Woolf and her idea of using film abstracts to represent on-screen emotion; she believed that film was not then using all of the tools at its disposal, but rather concentrating on the literal and physical.” 

Matthew Miller
'Back to Future'
 
“Back to the Future is a slide show of stills from the 1985 film of the same name. These stills have then been merged with my own illustrations of each scene demonstrated. By wearing ‘3D’ glasses, the viewer is able to view both of these images simultaneously, one in each eye. The viewer also has the option to close one eye in order to see the two images individually.
 
The illustrations are inspired by Virgina Woolf and her idea of using film abstracts to represent on-screen emotion; she believed that film was not then using all of the tools at its disposal, but rather concentrating on the literal and physical.”
 

— 2 years ago with 1 note
#Back to the Future  #Book arts  #3d  #3d glasses  #animation  #slideshow 

The well gallery is almost ready for the private view tonight, and looking good. Don’t forget to come down and see some off the work which is on the display. From 6pm tonight, or if not come and visit us next week until the 24th February.  

— 2 years ago with 4 notes
#exhibiton  #interim show  #interim  #book arts  #lcc 

Pelin Duran 
'ID'


“One of the key themes which circulate throughout this project is that of personal identity. The subject, ‘identity’, is very difficult to define and complex to interpret. Sociological topics based around culture, identity, backgrounds and norms interested me, so I began to focus on how I could reflect on issues within identity; such as the struggles that young adult and teenagers are most likely to encounter when trying to discover themselves.
 
The book “ID” contains images of photographed faces where some have been purposely aligned so only half or a quarter of the face is visible on the page. This represents the complexities of one’s identity and the unbalanced development of figuring out who you really are; creating a subconscious frustration, or curiosity, for the reader, as they are not able to see the whole image. In the book, each person’s photograph also fades slightly with each page, to express ones identity diminishing. As the photo fades, text starts to appear visible on top of the image, becoming opaque and clearer to read as the image fades out. The text is a personal description of the photographed individual, when they were struggling with their own identity.” For the second part, I layered sheets of tracing paper with only parts of the individual’s text to represent the different “layering” of identities and personalities we have combined within us. The use of layering also responds to Stephanie Lawler’s book, Identity: Sociological Perspectives. Where Lawler explains people have more than one identity and we arrange our own identify amongst different groups of people.”

— 2 years ago with 4 notes
#Identity  #id  #book arts  #photography 

Sophia Schlock

 
“My aim in this project is to reanimate memory and a collection through recreation, beginning with an online archive. This website presents an archive of 35mm photographs. The home page acts as an index of images, each presenting triggers for memories from the place where the image was conceived. Followed by an additional set of images which have been sought in everyday surroundings to replicate or replace the memory of a feeling, thought, aesthetic and emotion. The online archive provides longevity and displays an on-going fascination with looking for the past in the present.
The inability to recreate an authentic tangible memory is further explored in the physical archive. Casts of objects ‘remembered’ from the house shown on the website are cast in clay, only these are negative casts presenting the shadow of the object. They imitate the objects but are never authentic to the original, housed in display boxes within a triptych of archival solander boxes. The urge is to contain and preserve, but ultimately what is being held on to is merely an unsatisfactory imitation.”

— 2 years ago with 22 notes
#Book arts  #memory  #photography  #collection  #recreation  #emotion  #recreate  #boxes 
 
Claire Anderson
'News'
"What is the purpose and/or role of the newspaper? Is the vernacular the primary driver of our engagement with the artefact? What if all the semiotic values that we commonly associate with the newspaper artefact were made oblique? 
These questions were the catalyst for this project; analysing the discourse of the newspaper and the audience’s experience, as well as the customs associated with the daily consumption of both visual and literary ‘news’. So how could the familiarity of the newspaper be re-appropriated and approached in a way which would prompt the audience to reconsider its form and structure?
By conceptualising the format of the newspaper and the practices associated with it, I have produced a 44 page newspaper in which a new graphic system has been realised in an attempt for the audience to ‘read’. Within the publication the essential components of a newspaper have been illustrated using the CMYK colour model, an offset printing process commonly associated with and utilised within newspaper production. Here cyan represents imagery, magenta typifies advertisements, bodies of text are yellow and structural newspaper systems and ornaments are black, an arrangement of concentrated colour which subsequently encourages the audience to consider the newspaper and the communication of ‘news’ in an entirely different way.”

Claire Anderson

'News'

"What is the purpose and/or role of the newspaper? Is the vernacular the primary driver of our engagement with the artefact? What if all the semiotic values that we commonly associate with the newspaper artefact were made oblique? 

These questions were the catalyst for this project; analysing the discourse of the newspaper and the audience’s experience, as well as the customs associated with the daily consumption of both visual and literary ‘news’. So how could the familiarity of the newspaper be re-appropriated and approached in a way which would prompt the audience to reconsider its form and structure?

By conceptualising the format of the newspaper and the practices associated with it, I have produced a 44 page newspaper in which a new graphic system has been realised in an attempt for the audience to ‘read’. Within the publication the essential components of a newspaper have been illustrated using the CMYK colour model, an offset printing process commonly associated with and utilised within newspaper production. Here cyan represents imagery, magenta typifies advertisements, bodies of text are yellow and structural newspaper systems and ornaments are black, an arrangement of concentrated colour which subsequently encourages the audience to consider the newspaper and the communication of ‘news’ in an entirely different way.”

— 2 years ago with 1 note
#book arts  #news  #colour  #news paper  #semiotic  #audience  #visual  #literacy 

Rahel Zoller
'The Book encounters the E-Book // An aesthetic form with reflected content.'
 
 
“Mirroring each other in the same size and color, two books lay next to each other, an analogue book and an e-book. Both objects create, in the hands of the user, two completely different sensations. Plastic, E ink and control buttons faces canvas, ink and paper. 
 
Both objects contain an inner monologue of their external form. In one, an English translation of Umberto Eco’s short story ”The Inner Monologue of an E-Book” and in the other, an homage to it, “The Inner Monologue of a Book” by Rahel Zoller.
 
These short stories are the reflections of two self-understanding books, both looking back at the great triumphs of bound paper and text over the centuries and questioning the survival of the book in contemporary society.”

— 2 years ago with 158 notes
#book arts  #ebook  #book  #monologue  #inner monologue 

Xiaohong Wang
'The Secret Life of Chaos'
 
“Chaos is a natural phenomenon. It’s so unpredictable, and it greatly influences our everyday life. Fractal, a pattern of Chaos, is constantly revealing itself in small or large scales. This is what has inspired my idea.
 
My book can be viewed in two ways, forwards and backwards. This came from the idea of chaos and fractals, as they constantly fold and unfold, circling within their systems. There is something that is called a “strange attractor”, which is what causes all this chaotic movement. In my case the “strange attractor” will be the reader who takes part in reading this book. Jumping around the text may be chaotic, however that is the desired effect I wanted my book to create.”
 

— 2 years ago with 3 notes
#Fractals  #chaos  #book  #book arts  #fold and unfold 

Minnie Williams  
'Frustration'
 
“Creative Blocks will affect most artists and designers at some point or another. Moods, emotions and the surrounding environment can all be contributing factors. I have personally struggled with my own creative block over the past few months, and I felt that by focusing my project on strategies to cope with a block, it could help me work through it.
 
I wanted to capture the experience of going through a creative block – the frustration and the confusion – almost like a diary.  In this personal journal, I wanted to highlight my own experience through the words of other creative practitioners. I emailed several artists and designers that I had admired in the past, asking how they get over their creative blocks and then illustrated their responses. I have noticed that when I am unsure of my next steps I tend to make random markings and patterns with whatever materials that surround me. I conveyed my frustration that had come from the creative block by using paper cut typographic stencils, to shield off areas on the canvas, then by using agitated and stabbing markings to release the raw frustration, leaving a beautiful clear and calm typographic message behind.”

— 2 years ago with 89 notes
#Frustration  #Book arts  #Typography  #creative block  #print making  #paper cut  #book 

The Well Gallery

Curation team hard at work preparing the space for the opening tomorrow.  

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Victoria Organ  
'Repository'
 
“The books on my shelves have shaped me as a person and as an artist. Without the books I grew up around, I would not exist. I like to think you can tell a lot about a person from what they read.
 
For me, every book has a personality, a voice that speaks. The colour of the page, the look of the type, the smell of old pulp and mold, the powdery softness left on my fingers.
We are surrounded by texts, and it is sad to think that when we speak of the book, the future of it is most commonly discussed.
 
But, contrary to popular belief, I believe the book is alive and well, although its role in our lives is changing. In my project, I intend to show the reader the personalities of my most prized books in cataloguing them, and in some way, reveal a little of myself. In doing so I hope the reader will remember their own books and engage again with the texts and writings that shaped and moulded their personalities.”
 
“Dispelling loneliness, lovelessness, the quiet desperation of daily life, reading befriends and comforts.” S. Fischer, A History of Reading

See more if Tori’s work on her website at http://www.toriori.co.uk/

— 2 years ago with 136 notes
#books  #book arts  #library  #catalogue  #texts  #reader  #personality 

Tanya Kingston
‘Street Haunting: One Woman’s Journey’

“This book is based on the notion of the flaneuse, the female wanderer, taking inspiration from the discourse that seeks to re-address ‘women’s changing relationship within the social and psychic spaces of the city’ Parsons, D (2000) Street Walking the Metropolis. 
 
Historically recognised as an marginalised persona in a traditionally gendered urban landscape, many female modernist writers, such as Doris Lessing and Virginia Woolf, wrote of the flaneuse as embracing the ‘six dimensional map’ of the city streets, the people, the lives, the sights; advocating the positive female urban experience.
 
Street Haunting, One Woman’s Journey illustrates my own psycho-geographical experience of city-street wandering, at the same time responding to Virginia Woolf’s own personal experience of loss of the self within the crowd.
 
The design of this bookwork is inspired by Jan Tschichold’s classicist sensibilities to give a sense of beauty and delicacy, which reflects the feminine atmosphere of this project. ‘Images are both manual and digital SLR.”
 

— 2 years ago with 19 notes
#book arts  #street haunting  #flaneuse  #city  #photography  #film 

Stephen Peckham
'The Picture of Dorian Gray'

“As society’s reading habits change, with the adaption to digital literacy, a concern is arising that we are developing an intolerance to printed and extended bodies of text; generating a hunger for fast, electronic information. It appears that now the value of information is sometimes weighed by how quickly it can be sourced and accessed.
This set of three books focuses on the condensing down of the novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray. Wilde’s classic and beautiful work of fiction is presented in three stages; the reader having the option of how quickly, and how in depth, they would like to experience the story.
Depending on which volume chosen, the reader may encounter a more fragmented, unpleasant and shallow sense of the novel; any unnecessary decoration and description having had been removed, revealing only the essential plot. The muted text in the series acts as a reminder of what narrative has been forfeited, but also helps emulate a common, ‘scattered’ sense of reading that is experienced when a reader tries to quickly locate essential information in a body of text.
Ultimately, this project is a reaction to the potential loss of beauty in reading and the ability to read deeply.”

— 2 years ago with 2 notes
#book arts  #oscar wilde  #dorian gray  #reader  #reading 

Sophie McKenzie Baker
'Phantasmagoria of Memory – Integral pieces of a life story.'

Phantasmagoria of Memory, book and photographic prints are an inspiration from my dissertation question; ‘What is the future for the traditional family photograph album, is the method and approach of collecting and storing family photographs changing as the digital era spreads?’

 
This project started from a small tin, a tin of hidden memories. This tin represents a life still alive today, not dead. It’s an old biscuit tin bursting full of old and faded photographs, postcards and negatives; a treasure chest now unearthed. I collected these negatives and gave new life to these discarded memories, using liquid light. Keeping this faded dream like quality to the newborn photographs; I used certain type of brush strokes, whilst painting on the emulsion to gain this technique.”

— 2 years ago with 4 notes
#phantasmagoria  #photography  #film  #memory  #family albums  #book arts 

Sky Nash 
'Aprons, Cooking, Sports and Villains.'

“Collecting imagery found and scanned from children’s literature, both classic and contemporary, this project aims to directly compare the ratio and style of imagery of males to females in four distinct categories: Aprons, Cooking, Sports and Villains.
 
One half of each book is dedicated to males found in one of the scenarios and the other half for females in the same scenario.  The physical size of each section, ratio of males to females, and depiction of each gender in these activities makes for a fascinating observation.
This project shows how there is a discrepancy of real life representations of males and females found in children’s literature. It shows that old-fashioned notions still exist even though society has changed. In Apron we find that there are a lot more females wearing aprons in opposed to men. Cooking continues this trend, depicting more women cooking compared to men. With Sports we find that the variety of sports undertaken by men is far wider than that of woman. Furthermore, the book Villains demonstrates the oddest find, as it is the only book to have a relatively even number of males to females within that role.”

— 2 years ago with 3 notes
#aprons  #villians  #sports  #cooking  #childrens book  #children's literature  #book arts  #male  #female