Print and Books – Innovation
As we move further into the digital revolution, there is increasing evidence of a reaction to the ubiquity of digital production by artists, printmakers and publishers.
Cult US publishers Melville House have gained a reputation for their attention to book design, using an in house designer, instead of outsourcing. Meanwhile, Publisher Visual Editions asserts ‘We believe in books as cultural objects. We believe in books that are as visually interesting as the stories they tell. We call it visual writing.’ Their books – which include Jonathan Safran Foer’s ‘Tree of Codes’ – a die-cut novel which turned out to be a triumph of print and production from the publisher – and the new Where You Are collection have attracted keen interest as both books and design objects.
Individual artists like Alex Brady are creating comic books with lino cut for a ‘hand made’ effect. There has been interest in artists limited edition books produced by small publishers like PrintAboutMe. Artist’s books and prints often represent terrific value by comparison with conventional art purchases. The standard of some work at the annual London’s Small Publishers Fair, for example is very high.
Freestyle Magazine’s latest Print edition is an explosive mix of photography, digital, music and Frisbee that illustrates the sheer excitement that’s going on when you mix things up a bit – special apps, new ways of seeing art works, music playable on an Iphone- all converging in a single publication.
Meanwhile, 3D printing is viewed as the next life changing technology, and we are delighted that colleague and friend of londonprintstudio Stephen Hoskins has just launched his book 3D Printing for Artists, Designers and Makers, published by Bloomsbury. His department, the Centre for Fine Art Print Research at UWE, is a world leading centre in the development of 3D printing techniques in ceramics. The book deals with the many possibilities available to people working in the applied arts in using 3D printing.