Saturday, July 28, 2012

nice double image

I cannot for the life of me remember where I found this image, or who made the work or who posted it online - if anyone can tell me I'd be very grateful - 

[a few days later] many thanks to Philip Gallo, who sent me the following information - 
Italian furniture and interior design company Saporiti has come up with a clever and unique concept for this wooden bookshelf. By playing around with the placement of the shelves within each box, they were able to visibly form the phrase “READ YOUR BOOKCASE.” Each individual shelf contains a different letter and can 
be stacked to form a complete word or stand freely on its own.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Codex Australia to be launched

amidst everything else happening in this or any other neck of the woods ("the neck of the woods is everywhere" saith the poet) - the big thing happening for the book in Melbourne is the public launch of CODEX AUSTRALIA on Tuesday August 7 at the Leigh Scott Room at the University of Melbourne at 6pm for 6.30pm - Susan Millard, Acting Curator at the Baillieu Library and Alan Loney will be the speakers - a number of Australian books by contemporary book artists (Carolyn Fraser, Bruno Leti, Petr Herel, Peter Lyssiotis, Alan Loney) will be on display before being sent off to Washington DC to join the CodexMexico exhibition at the Mexican Cultural Institute in September/October this year - and various aspects of the organisation and its programs will also be announced on the night - most invitations will be sent by email (contact me if you want to get one) and a few handprinted invitations have been printed by 'the present writer' - and can be seen spread out to dry here - 

Thursday, July 12, 2012

timeless 'ephemeral' printing

occasionally I am in the happy circumstance of printing something small - 2 day's work rather than 2 months' book-making - for a friend - it does not at all mean I'm available for jobbing printing - and right now I'm turning a calligraphic work into a an editioned print for Deirdre Hassed (see Calligraphic Works) - 50 copies on damped Twinrocker handmade paper, in 50 copies on the Albion - the text is a portion of the Bhagavad Gita in both Sanskrit & English, and the Sanskrit block is here locked into the press - 

a trial of inks is laid out - Handschy Copper and Fire Red (we decided against the Red. . . 

and printer & calligrapher set about using a time-honored measuring device to establish the positions of each magnesium block in relation to the other - 

today the second color will be printed - not the red but Handschy Cyan mixed with Opaque White. . . 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

alphabeta series complete

for reasons of health, age, mortality, energy etc, I have closed the alphabeta series now, and will concentrate on printing my own work - it has been a hard decision, and I know in my own experience how disappointing for others this can be - the series got to number 3, and issued poems by Tony Green (New Zealand), Marion May Campbell (Australia), and Kyle Schlesinger (United States) - henceforth, all my printing will be focused on the series of 'own' works under the heading of The next word - & news of the first of these will be posted here soon - meantime, there are still 3 copies of Tony's book left, and 7 of Kyle's - here's a picture of them. . . 

Monday, July 9, 2012

Zukofsky found

many thanks to those who replied to my request for a reference to a specific quotation I posted last month - an exact quote was provided by Mark Scroggins, whose book The poem of a life : a biography of Louis Zukofsky (Shoemaker Hoard 2007) I am now reading with great pleasure. . . 

Thursday, July 5, 2012

with deckles affix'd

not all deckles lopp'd - here's 2 views of India Office - light & dark = Barcham Green & Ruscombe - with bottom edge retain'd - more news on what the paper's for soon. . .