RARE BOOKS AT CANTERBURY. BridgeBuildings + The Shipshape

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This publication is the fourth installment of the Architectural Association’s coveted  Folio Series.

A black clamshell box contains 26 reproductions of Peter Wilson’s drawing and a booklet with introduction by Bruno Minardi  and an interview by Alvin Boyarsky with Peter L. Wilson.

Published to coincide with an exhibition at the Architectural Association from 6 Nov. to 6 Dec. 1984.

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Peter Wilson’s work demonstrates a passion for drawing as much as the architectural project. There is a sense of mechanism inherent throughout his work. He uses his architectural drawing as a tool of representation and research. In 2013 he was awarded the AAA Gold Medal.

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ARTISTS’ BOOKS AT CANTERBURY. Rainbow in your hand. Masashi Kawamura (2007).

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Rainbow in your hand (2007)

Kawamura, Masashi

Flipbooks were one of the first examples of animation. A simple book which when the fingers are run over the pages, creates the illusion of the images moving on the page. Masashi Kawamura has taken this idea, however rather than using images, created a simple line of block colours on black paper. When flipped, this creates the illusion of a small rainbow in your hand. Although the trick lasts only a few seconds, its replay value is infinite.

You can find more of Masashi’s work on his website:

http://masakawa.com/

For more information on Rainbow in your hand:

http://masakawa.com/#/works/product-rainbow

 

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Rainbow in your hand. Kawamura, Masashi. (2007).

 

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Rainbow in your hand. Kawamura, Masashi. (2007).

 

 

Artists’ Books at Canterbury. The Siamese Twins Daisy and Violet: Love Story from a Nation of Silence. Takayo Akiyama (2006).

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The Siamese Twins Daisy and Violet: Love Story from a Nation of Silence (2006).

Akiyama, Takayo.

Created by Takayo Akiyama the zine follows the life of two Siamese twins, Daisy and Violet. The twins work in a local pub as barmaids and as musicians. Whilst working a shift, Daisy becomes infatuated with a yeti that walks in. A love struck Daisy sets out to win the heart of the yeti by trying to seduce him through hypnotism. Unfortunately, for Daisy (and luckily for her sister Violet) their love is not meant to be.

The zine is set in a vast world featuring a variety of different monsters, ghosts, giant squids, mermaids as well as more unconventional monsters.

You can find more of Takayo Akiyama’s work on her website:

http://www.takayon.com/

 

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The Siamese Twins Daisy and Violet: Love Story from a Nation of Silence.  Akiyama, Takayo (2006).

 

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The Siamese Twins Daisy and Violet: Love Story from a Nation of Silence.  Akiyama, Takayo (2006).

 

Artists’ Books at Canterbury. My Way. Silex (2000)

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My Way (2000).

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My Way by Silex is a collection of sketches by the Swiss design group, Silex. An open-minded and broad experimental book, each page hosts an intriguing variety of illustrations. There’s no defined narrative through the book and each page is created in a different style. The book has an appealing graphic style using block colours or in a comparison using sketchy pencil crayon lines or smudgy felt tip pens.

 

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My Way (2000). Silex. Artists’ Books SIL

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My Way (2000). Silex. Artists’ Books SIL

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My Way (2000). Silex. Artists’ Books SIL

Rare Books at Canterbury. Outrage by Ian Nairn

The focus for this blog is a reprint [1956] of the June 1955, Special Number of the Architectural Review.

Nairn wrote the text with the hope it would make the audience angry enough to do something about the perceived destruction of their surroundings. He hoped to ignite public opinion; Nairn wanted to change the heart and direction of Public Authorities.

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‘This “1955” on the land surface will become “1984” on ourselves’.

Nairn established his reputation with the special issue of The Architectural Review called “Outrage”.  It was based around a road trip that Nairn took from the south to the north of the country. This trip propelled his fears that society was heading for a drab and dreary new world where the whole of Britain would look like the fringes of a town, every view exactly the same. He coined the term ‘Subtopia’ to describe those areas around cities, which in his view had been failed by urban planning.

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This thing of terror, which will get you up sweating at night when you begin to realize its true proportions, we have called, as we say, Subtopia.’

The conclusion in this book is a short anthology of the philosophical background to Subtopia stated in its widest terms, from the nineteenth-century prophecy to the time of this publication and beyond with mankind’s reaction to the outcome.

 

 

Artists’ Books at Canterbury. London. A Three Dimensional Expanding City Skyline. Illustrated by Sarah McMenemy (2011).

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McMenemy, Sarah.

London. A Three Dimensional Expanding City Skyline (2011).

London hosts a variety of famous landmarks and buildings, Sarah McMenemy has designed a rather sweet, intricate pop-up book of these different places. The book looks at London’s most famous attractions and extends out to form a skyline of London. Buckingham Palace, Harrods, Westminster Abbey, The Houses of Parliament and The Tower of London all feature in the book. Each page gives a bit of information about each venue alongside the delicate watercolour illustrations.

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London. A Three Dimensional Expanding City Skyline (2011). McMenemy, Sarah. Walker Books.

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London. A Three Dimensional Expanding City Skyline (2011). McMenemy, Sarah. Walker Books.

 

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London. A Three Dimensional Expanding City Skyline (2011). McMenemy, Sarah. Walker Books.

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London. A Three Dimensional Expanding City Skyline (2011). McMenemy, Sarah. Walker Books.

 

Artists’ books at Canterbury. This is a paper trinket for you to wear. David Shrigley (2006).

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Shrigley, David.

This is a paper trinket for you to wear (2006).

Known for his surreal black and white illustrations and bizarre statements drawn on paper, David Shrigley is an icon in the fine art world. This is a paper trinket for you to wear adds to Shrigley’s extensive work in a small artists’ book format. His strange, almost comedic drawings and odd comments carry through the book with no specified meaning, opening it up to the viewer to interpret them.

You can find more of David Shrigley’s work in the library catalogue and on his website:

http://davidshrigley.com/

Or follow him on Twitter:

@davidshrigley

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David Shrigley, This is a paper trinket for you to wear (2006). Artists’ Books SHR.

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David Shrigley, This is a paper trinket for you to wear (2006). Artists’ Books SHR.

 

Artists’ Books at Canterbury. The Observer’s Book of British Birds. Andrew Malone (2010).

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Malone, Andrew.

The Observer’s Book of British Birds (2010).

There’s a variety of artists’ books in our collection, from hand-bound books, photocopied zines to re-purposed books. Andrew Malone takes old illustrated books and gives them a new life. He delicately cuts around each individual illustration creating an almost pop-up like effect with his books. Andrew’s focus is mainly on wildlife, primarily in Britain. His other works include Wild Life in Britain a Ladybird Conservation Book, The Observer’s Book of Birds’ Eggs and The Observer’s Book of Butterflies. You can find his re-purposed books and his handmade books in the artists’ book collection under MAL.

 

You can follow Andrew on Twitter where he posts more of his work:

@andrewdmalone

andrew_malone_1Andrew Malone, The Observer’s Book of British Birds (2010). Artists’ Books MAL.

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Andrew Malone, The Observer’s Book of British Birds (2010). Artists’ Books MAL.

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Andrew Malone, The Observer’s Book of British Birds (2010). Artists’ Books MAL.

 

 

Artists’ Books at Canterbury. The Present is not a Purgatory. Diary comics from 2008 – James Nash (2008 – 2009)

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Nash, James.

The Present is not a Purgatory. Diary comics from 2008.

Each day is different for everyone, James Nash documents his day-to-day life using three panel comics. The whole comic is a year long starting from January 2008 and ending in January 2009.  Each day shows a brief snapshot of his life at the time. From working in a bank, moving to London, skating with his friends, trips out and other various activities. Throughout the comic a rather poignant underlying aspect of James’ life emerges, his anxiety and depression. James addresses these issues to his readers bluntly and honestly.

James Nash, The Present is not a Purgatory. Diary comics from 2008 (2008 – 2009). Artists’ Books NAS

Artists’ Books at Canterbury. Lonely Robot – Aisling Marray (2009).

Lonely Robot – Aisling Marray

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Created by Aisling Marray in 2009 after the Foundation trip to Amsterdam. A concertina style zine with each page becoming a different location. The zine follows a robot wandering around the streets of Amsterdam, exploring and discovering new people and places. The zine allows the reader to experience robot vision by putting on a handmade pair of 3-D glasses. Also included in the zine is a chocolate bar to keep your energy up whilst you wander through Amsterdam.

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Aisling Marray, Lonely Robot (2009). Artists’ Books MAR.