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.