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).

 

 

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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

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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.

 

 

Artists Books at Canterbury. Happy Travellers -Artists Book MIY.

Happy Travellers (2009)

Chie Miyazaki & Soju Tanaka

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A rather sweet and delicate artists’ book with subtle watercolour illustrations of some jovial characters who are travelling. They travel by unconventional means; tortoise, unicycle, cable car, ship and hot air balloon. With each page there’s a variety of bright characters, some hiding in the pages, encouraging the viewer to look a little bit longer at the pages to spot each character.

Find more of their work here:

http://www.sojutanaka.com/

http://cargocollective.com/chiemiyazaki

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Happy Travellers, 2009, Chie Miyazaki & Soju Tanaka.

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Happy Travellers, 2009, Chie Miyazaki & Soju Tanaka.

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Happy Travellers, 2009, Chie Miyazaki & Soju Tanaka.

Writing back – local women writers take inspiration from the archive

Great example of use of archives and creative writing, with the Burnett Archive of Working Class Autobiographies. You can find a similar archive with us, the Working Press publishers, books by and about working class artists, 1986-1996 

Brunel Special Collections

A guest post by Emma Filtness.

I have spent many happy hours over the past three years absorbed in the Burnett Archive of Working Class Autobiography, amused, moved, shocked and entertained by the life stories of a select few of the women contained within. Dr Claire Lynch introduced me to the archive, which has since come to form an integral part of my Creative Writing PhD, so when Claire emailed me about a project that involved a combination of rooting around in yet another special collection and creative writing, I was more than a little intrigued.

Brunel University Library’s Special Collections is currently the home of SALIDAA, the South Asian Diaspora Literature and Arts Archive. SALIDAA was awarded lottery funding to run a heritage project, ‘Mummyji’, which would consist of a range of local activities including workshops in schools, author talks, readings and events in libraries in and…

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