After spending the last few days in bed with the flu, I needed to get out and get inspired so I went to the Small Publishers Fair with the studio. This event is an annual gathering of contemporary artists, writers and book designers who showcase their work.
The fair wasn’t was I was expecting it to be. I thought it was going to be a lovely big space similar to the London Illustration Fair (which is on next month); it was in fact just a large hall. With the sized paired with how many stalls and people that were fit into the space I was extremely uncomfortable. Most of it was because I felt ill still but the other part was the designers or artists watching you while you’re there. Flashback to the days I used to go to bootsales with my grandparents as a kid or going to Asda and someone asking me if I need help, I just can’t do it. So I did have a look about but I didn’t really feel a connect with anything. However I got some ideas for Design Competition here!
Once I got home I had a look at the different stalls online and I really fell in love with The Caserooom Press. First of all I feel awful that I don’t remember seeing the stall at all but then I was doing the whole judge a book by its cover thing. But the first publication from their website I clicked was this small formatted book.
As probably the smallest book in Caseroom Press catalogue, Lost and Found uses collected train tickets and a 1974 British Rail Southern Region Timetable to form a maze book that documents the weird and wonderful items discovered on the London Transport system.
I then was amazed to see the following publication because I have this book all over my Pinterest boards! It’s also the polar opposite of the small book above which I adore for different reasons altogether.
Done is a unique artists’ book produced specifically for the ‘we love your books’ 2009 exhibition entitled ‘Closure’, at Artworks, Milton Keynes. This tissue paper book is based on an obsession with list-making. It explores the typographic potential of the handwritten list and places it within a new context.
If I’ve learnt anything from today it’s if I’d research who was there beforehand then I could have walked straight up to this stall to interview them even if I then didn’t look at another publication in the whole room!