Pushing the Boundaries of the Physical Book in an Age Writing its Obituary


Exhibition runs 13th December – 10th February 2018

Free Entry

‘You make some of the most beautiful books in the world – thank you!’ John Berger

londonprintstudio is delighted to present this exhibition of hand made prints and books from Tara Books, Chennai. Tara is an acclaimed publisher giving voice to marginalized art and literature through a commune of artists, writers, and designers collaborating on books handcrafted by local artisans in a in a fair-trade workshop in Chennai. There is a focus on ideas from tribal and folk artists, street art and oral narrative traditions, sitting alongside Western design .

Working in Chennai, a city once dominated by the cotton trade, Tara’s artisan paper makers, printmakers, and designers are led by founder Gita Wolf. She says ‘Design is an integral part of our books. To us, design is not decoration or embellishment, but basic to how a book creates meaning. In some cases, the role of the designer is that of an author.’

Tara specialises in the visual arts. Many of its books and prints defy strict genre classification. They range from artist’s prints to children’s picture books, to graphic novels. Tara is particularly well-known for its screenprinted books made entirely by hand – from the paper to the printing and binding.

Tara’s work is on display at londonprintstudio, including 20 hand made screenprints, with a range of beautiful work available for purchase.

Featured Image: THE SACRED SEED, Screenprint by Bhajju Shyam

Matthew Frame from Tara Books will be coming to the gallery on Thursday 1st February to talk about the work process at Tara, based on his experiences and also about the making of ‘Speaking to an Elephant’. Drinks will be served from 6.30pm, the talk will end at around 7.45pm. 

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