Monday, 9 November 2009

Book Fair Brilliance!

The Manchester Artist's book fair was a very successful day for Parlour Press and Dance Picture girls....Many books were sold and questions asked....It has got our juices flowing for future projects! Exciting! photographs by Adam Mead.

Friday, 6 November 2009

Book Fair Tomorrow!

Manchester Artist's Book Fair tomorrow!

Have a look...
At our good books.
We will say Hi,
Maybe you will buy?

See you at 12pm in the Holden Gallery in the Grosvenor building at MMU on Cavendish Street Tomorrow!

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Parlour Press

Sophie and I have become founding members of the Parlour Press! Along with Mandi Goodier, Libby Scarlett and Lucy Vann. After the success of the Reading Room exhibition we decided to join forces for future projects and start our own independent press. Check out our self published creations and exciting exhibitions on Our Blog.....
Incredible Internal Excitement!

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Book Fair News

Get up early on Saturday 7th November and find Sophie and I at the Manchester Artists' Book Fair selling some papery page turners...And listen to a talk by David Faithful....who sounds like a very interesting fellow....

Friday, 23 October 2009

Hogarth Press

A bit of inspiration for up and coming projects....Leonard and Virgina Woolf's Hogarth Press....

Thursday, 22 October 2009

Book Art Book Shop

Sophie Lee visited this little treasure trove in London a couple of weeks ago and I think I will head there too, soon! It's an Aladdin's Cave of wondrous books from art book publishers and presses and independent book creatives. The address is Book Art Book Shop 17 Pitfield Street London N1 6HB.

Tuesday, 20 October 2009


This is a call for submissions of self published books with no barcode. The books end up in an Art Book Exhibition in Austria! The deadline is the 20th November....

Thursday, 1 October 2009

Monday, 28 September 2009

Publish And Be Damned

This weekend I took a little research trip to London Town and visited a couple of book fairs....Publish and Be Damned, a self-publishing event, in Bethnal Green and The London Artist Book Fair at the Whitechapel Gallery. Publish and be damned was really buzzing, with about 100 stalls selling hand made zines and books...Some were beautifully printed and were very inspiring...some were hilarious and very rude! I liked the Do It Yourself vibe at the event and the fact that most of the publications were under £5. Good for pocket-sized presents for Miss Sophie Lee! It also got me thinking about reviving the long-lost but not forgotten Dance Picture Zine... The Artists Book Fair at Whitechapel featured faves Coracle press, Wild Pansy Press and good old Manchester School of Art's Righton Press....The books in the show were very impressive...IvoryPress showing some enormous bound beauties and Tracey Emin with her lovely One Thousand Drawings book was drawing in the crowds....I returned home with lots of brilliant bits and bobs and a nice new book bag!

Thursday, 24 September 2009

Manchester Book Fair

We have a table at The Manchester Artists Book Fair in November! Its going to be exciting!Check out more info here....

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Preston is my Paris

If you happen to be in Preston next Wednesday.... Come to fellow ziners, Preston is my Paris' exhibition opening in the Avenham Park Pavilion from 5.30 til 7.30. There will be lovely photographs of the hometown and refreshments to be enjoyed! Have a look at their blog too as it is full of brilliant pictures documenting a charmed Lancashire life......

Summer In The City

Whilst Sophie and I were on our travels this summer we came across this brilliant exhibition in Museo Nacional Centro De Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid. The show consisted of works from Madrid's Figurative Movement in the 1970s. The movement was made up of a group of artists dubbed the Schizos because of their theoretical underpinnings. We loved the exhibition because these Schizos distributed their work through fanzines, newsletters and handmade books! There were cabinets rammed full of them...each one beautifully made and often hilarious! There were also photographs, paintings and drawings that seemed to all have the a skewed vision of Madrid and Spain in that period. ( Spain was just coming out of the Franco regime at that point.) Most of the stuff was popartesque, because of its colour and liveliness. The show even featured Ed Ruscha and Richard Hamilton, But was mostly dominated by the work of Carlos Alcolea, Herminio Molero and Javier Utray. If you are interested in fanzines and art distribution you should definitely check out these names!

Friday, 10 July 2009

Reading Room!

The Reading Room has been a success!!

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Reading Roon Tomorrow!!

Libby Scarlett 'mapping the mundane'
Reading Room Tomorrow!! Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham Street! 4pm onwards for books and booze!

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Further Additions...

I am happy to say that lovely fellow bookmaker Libby Scarlett is now also on the bill for the reading room! A long with Sohphie Lee, Mandi Goodier, Lucy Vann and myself ( Caitlin Howard)!

AND we have a poetry reading! From Kate Dutton, wordsmith extraordinaire!

Art Crawl Map

Here is the map for the Manchester Art Crawl that Reading Room is part of!(we are in top right corner...) Sophie and I hope you can all make it down to the Castle Hotel on Thursday as it is going to be a brilliant night! click Art Crawl for more info on all the other festivities and arty things.

Thursday, 2 July 2009

Reading Room Poster

Here is the poster for 'The Reading Room'......

Bookbinding beautiful!

A very good friend sent me this link from the Guardian website with these wonderful photographs of the Shepherds' Sangorski & Sutcliffe bookbindery in London. Have a look and a read! Brilliant!

Ali Strachan on binding books Money
At Shepherds' Sangorski & Sutcliffe bookbindery in London, craftsmen and women headed by Ali Strachan hand-produce books in a process unchanged for hundreds of years. Photographs by Graeme Robertson

The Reading Room

Check out Mandi Goodier's work on her blog!

'The Reading Room' is the name of our up and coming exhibtion at the Castle Hotel as part of the Manchester Art Crawlon the 9th of July...

Sophie and I will have some page turning creations for you to look at as well as our newest additions to the bill Lucy Vann and Mandi Goodier who will also be showing some inspiring and beautiful books...! We are very, very glad they can join us and we think it will be a brilliant day! So come down on Thursady afternoon/evening and see for yourselves!

Thursday, 18 June 2009

Not Part Of

Check out the 'Not Part of' festival's guide of events...Looks like there will be some exciting stuff including the much anticipated Manchester Art Crawl......

Thursday, 4 June 2009

The Castle Hotel

The Castle Hotel on Oldham Street in the Northern Quarter will be our home for the Manchester Art Crawl! Sophie and I will be in the reading room on the 9th July with the old piano, listening to poetry and showing our lovely books...It will be a night to remember!

Thursday, 28 May 2009

Art Crawl Fundraiser!

End of Year CLASH, Art Crawl Fundraiser, at the Deaf Institute.
9pm till Late, Tuesday the 9th June 2009.

A night of drinking, dancing and DJs......

DJ's so far include;
Rob Lee- OK Crayola
Natalie Esquire - Contort Yourself
Jamie Lee-Your Mammas Cookin'
Bring On The Dancing Horses
Drop The Mustard
All my Heroes are Weirdos

...PLUS more to be confirmed.

Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Art Crawl Stuff

Check out the facebook group for the ART CRAWL........

Good Books

     Sophie Lee making a book.....
Lucy's super cool book bag.

Book by Sylvia Waltering

'Water of Recess : River Recess' by Erica Van Horn and Simon Cutts of Coracle Press

A few pics from a bookbinding session in March....Looking for some inspiration....


Brighten up dull writing....These images are from my letterpress days of the last couple of weeks....This book is going to be entirely letter pressed with  love....

Wednesday, 20 May 2009


Harmony Korine's 'Collected Fanzines'  book looks tasty....