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Artists’ Bookmarket 2020

ARTISTS’ BOOKMARKET

Sat 7 and Sun 8 March, 10am–5pm.
At Custom Lane, 1 Customs Wharf, Edinburgh, EH6 6AL

Our annual celebration of artists’ book culture takes place in Leith, thanks to our partners Custom Lane. Enjoy carefully selected stalls of artist-led publishing and hand-crafted books, accompanied by a weekend programme of talks and workshops.

 

ANNE ROOK / BOOK WORKS / BOUND : UNBOUND / C.A. HILEY / CÉCILE SIMONIS / ECA ILLUSTRATION /
ENTROPIE BOOKS / ESSENCE PRESS / FAWELL & AKESTER / FFAUN / FRANCES LAW / HELEN DOUGLAS /
JOANNA ROBSON / KERRY DOUGLAS / SOCIETY OF BOOKBINDERS / DESIGNER BOOKBINDERS /
STICHILL MARIGOLD PRESS / STORIES WHILE YOU WAIT / THE BOOK TREE PRESS / THE CASEROOM PRESS /
THE LINDSTRÖM EFFECT / WEPRODUCTIONS

EXHIBITION: BARRIE TULLETT
THE TYPOGRAPHIC DANTE

Sat 7–Sun 29 Mar, 10am–5pm. Free. At Custom Lane.

Barrie Tullett is the featured artist at this year’s Artists’ BookMarket, with a month-long exhibition at Custom Lane running on from the fair. Tullett is the author of Typewriter Art: A Modern Anthology, Laurence King Publishing, 2014, and has been working for the last thirty years on an obsessive project to make a visual representation of each of the 100 cantos of ‘Dante’s Divine Comedy’ using the ‘obsolete’ technologies of wood and metal type, typewriters and letraset. This showing marks the completion of the series and includes four digital ‘remixes’ of Tullett’s prints from Dublin-based graphic designer Brenda Dermody.

EVENTS

All Weekend
Stories While you Wait: Luke Winter
In Williams & Johnson café, Custom Lane.

A few years ago, Luke sat on a bench by the Thames with a typewriter, it looked silly, it felt terrifying but then someone stopped to ask him to write them a story. Since that moment, he has been writing stories for strangers all over the world. So why not let him write one for you! He will also have a selection of his zines for sale including books of the stories that result from his encounters.

SATURDAY

WORKSHOP
Kerry Douglas: Coptic Binding
10.15am–12.15pm. £25. 10 places. Age 14+.
Book via Eventbrite

Glasgow-based bookbinder and graphic designer Kerry Douglas will guide you through Coptic binding, a glue-free and ancient binding method, you’ll use a mix including recycled materials. This workshop is suitable for beginners and those looking to learn about new book structures.


WORKSHOP
Susie Wilson: Rubber Stamps
12.30–2pm. £15. 10 places. Age 14+.
Book via Eventbrite

Edinburgh based artist Susie Wilson will introduce a simple and quick method to create content by cutting an image into an eraser. These stamps will then be used to create a unique concertina book and you can experiment with printing and layering colours.


LAB
Creative Informatics Lab #11: Data-driven publishing
4pm–6pm. Free.
Book via Eventbrite

This Lab explores how digital technology is both disrupting and offering new opportunities for artists to publish their creative work. Speakers include graphic designer Barrie Tullett, Jen Ross (Senior Lecturer in Digital Education and co-director of the Centre for Research in Digital Education at University of Edinburgh), and artist, writer and performer JR Carpenter.

 

SUNDAY

WORKSHOP
Collage & fold with Rhed Fawell
10.15–11.15am. £8 plus booking fee. 10 places. Age 12+.
Book via Eventbrite.

This workshop is led by collage artist Rhed Fawell, she will teach you how to make a simple 8-page paper booklet from one piece of A4 paper. You will learn some simple collaging techniques to decorate the front cover and internal pages of your booklet. Materials supplied but please feel free to bring your own magazines or interesting visuals to use in your collage.


WORKSHOP
Lucy Roscoe: Pop-ups for grown-ups
11.30am–12.15pm. £16 plus booking fee. 10 places. All ages.
Book via Eventbrite

Absorb yourself in the magical world of the pop-up book, which is strictly not just for children! You will learn a few paper engineering and manipulation techniques that can be used and adapted to create all kinds of unique book forms. At the end of the workshop you will take home your own pop-up book.

 

DEMONSTRATION
Society of Bookbinders: Box making
12.30–1.30pm. Free.
Book via Eventbrite

Boxes can be protection, storage and art objects in their own right. In this demonstration Gillian Stewart, Chair of the Society of Bookbinders in Scotland and owner of Juju Books will share techniques for measuring, cutting, constructing and covering a drop-back box.

 

DEMONSTRATION
Bradel Binding with Designer Bookbinders
1.45–2.45pm, Free. 
Book via Eventbrite

Tom McEwan, professional bookbinder and fellow of Designer Bookbinders will introduce you to bradel binding – a sophisticated and versatile method of bookbinding. He will share the tricks involved, and show where the opportunities for creativity exist.


BOOK LAUNCH
Julie Johnstone Book of the Sky
3.15–4pm. Free. No booking required.

Julie Johnstone and Bill Zachs launch their new book The Book of the Sky. What happens when contemporary artists’ books are brought together with centuries-old rare books and objects? A conversation about their recent Blackie House exhibition around which the new book is based, and about future possibilities for their activities of collecting, curating and creating to come together.

GETTING TO CUSTOM LANE

Custom Lane, 1 Customs Wharf, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 6AL
Google maps link

BY BUS

Routes 16, 22, 35, 36, N16 and N22 stop on Commercial Street from various City Centre locations. Check local operator Lothian Buses for more info and timetables.

BY BICYCLE / WALKING

Routes 16, 22, 35, 36, N16 and N22stop on Commercial Street.

BY TAXI

A drop off / pick point is situated on Commercial Street Bridge, just outside our main entrance.

PARKING

Free, on-street parking can be found around Custom Lane.

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