17/06/2017

367

367 by Mette-Sofie D. Ambeck (2017). Click image to see preview of content.
367 – a POD artist's book of skies.

On July 25th 2015 I began taking photos of the sky every day. My plan was to do this for one year and my rule was that it had to be done between 12:00-14:00 and I never missed a day, though occasionally life got in the way.

Strangely, that first day was not only my 42nd birthday, but also that of both my grandmothers.
That I share my birthday with my grandmothers, who I never knew, has also made the day a special one full of reflections on life and what connects us across the years.

That my days are filled with the care of my own mother, who has Alzheimer’s, intensifies these feelings. This new book from Ambeck Design shows the skies I saw every day; beautiful, moody, drab and exciting – and all emotions between.

The physical book was launched at BABE (Bristol Artist's Book Event) at the Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, 1-2 April, 2017.


Printed and bound on demand by Blurb.co.uk


Hardcover with ImageWrap, 128 pages

Binding: Durable library binding

Stock: ProLine Uncoated, Mohawk Superfine uncoated photo paper, 148gsm and ProLine light grey endpapers

Cover size: 21 x 26cm

Language: English

Edition: unlimited
ISBN 9781366236906


Published March 12th, 2017
In the public collection of Winchester School of Art Library: Special Collections & Wellcome Collection.


There is now a 2nd edition as minor corrections were made on April 25th, 2017.
ISBN: 9781366039859
Published April 25th, 2017
In the public collection of Manchester Metropolitan University Library All Saints.




367 (2017)

POSTED/UNPOSTED

Forty copies ready to post.
August 23rd, 2017 I finished my contribution to the Nordic project: POSTED/UNPOSTED – a book art project with special emphasis on letterpress printing from the Nordic countries: Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Åland Islands. Around 30 artists, poets, printers and publishers who use (or have the potential to use) letterpress have been invited to contribute to a collaboration with constraints. We have all had to contribute with 40 letterpress printed envelopes with contents (both being of equal importance). All envelopes had to be C5 size (229x162mm).

Deadline was September 1st, 2017
By the end of September the organisers: Imi Maufe (Norway) and Lina Nordenström (Sweden) will together package the limited edition collection and send copies touring around the Nordic countries and the world in the months/years to come. Each contributor gets a copy of the limited collection.

The collaborative project will be launched at the Bergen Art Book Fair October 19-22, 2017. (www.bergenartbookfair.no)

Other venues will follow: 

Malmö Art Book Fair, March 2018
Galleri Pi, Copenhagen June 2018
San Fransisco Centre for the Book, February 2019

– more to come.

For more details: www.codexpolaris.com/nordic-letterpress.html

All parts of Posted/Unposted by Ambeck Design, 2017.
POSTED/UNPOSTED
Digital vs Analog: posting messages/updates vs keeping it private/only for the few.


Digital vs. Analog: posting messages/updates vs. keeping it private/only for the few.
When one communicates online via platforms like Facebook most posts have the potential to be seen and read by hundreds if not thousands, as many have a large number of 'friends' – not unlike writing a letter on the outside of the envelope rather than the inside for all to read.

These were my initial thoughts/inspiration when presented with the theme Posted/Unposted.

Front of envelope close up.
Outer Design
To express this idea I sought Facebook posts which I felt expressed this deeper, private level which would have been shared with a much more select circle of people before online platforms existed.
I chose to digitally inkjet print these posts in the official 'Facebook blue' using Helvetica Neuethe previous Facebook font before San Franciscoas used today with OS systems.
The posts are all in lowercase and no names are mentioned, thoughbetween commentsa number of friends are randomly listed.
All this is printed on the outside of a standard British Brown Envelope. (1) because I like them and (2) because they have been/are part of my life since living in the UK for a number of years.
The envelope front is left blank, specifically where the stamp and address would ordinarily be placed. The pieces are for no one in particular, but for all who care to read.

Envelope with content.
Inner Design
The inside content is an SRA2 Munken Pure 120gsm folded sheet of paper with the Danish word "Privat" (Private) placed centrally, with red ink using wooden letterpress.
The font used is unknown (indeed the word may include more than one font) and the letters were found in the UK.
Woodtype set to print & printed.
The reason for the large folded sheet reflects the "secret folded notes" which I first experienced as a late 1980s High School student in New Hampshire, USA before internet and mobiles became commonplace. The secret notes were used for love letters or just general teenage comments.


Between the outside and the inside the tension and huge difference in the past and present etiquettes and processes of our personal communication exists, and only opening the envelope allows the completion of the message of the piece.

I constructed my own folding as I didn't want the print to be folded, but it needed to fit within the C5 envelope.

Front and back of the "secret" folded note.
Note unfolding.
I used a HumanBook Press for the printing (my body weight and a book); the only press I have available.
Printing in progress August 2017.
Each of the forty copies are numbered and signed with my stamp on the inside of the envelopes.
Robo-Girl aka Ambeck Design
Red ink.

Stacked, ready to go.

October 19, 2017 a box arrived by post – my copy of the collection (No. 19) – exciting.

A parcel arrived with a box inside.
Inside the box was a catalogue listing each artist's work and then the whole collection of envelopes held together by a board wrap-around held in place by two rubber bands. The work of Imi and Lina.
Once the rubber bands were off the collection could be viewed.
24 lovely pieces to be explored one-by-one.

16/06/2017

Bookishness – World Book Night 2017

World Book Night, April 23rd 2017.

Again this year Ambeck Design took part in the World Book Night project organised by Sarah Bodman of the University of West England's Centre for Fine Print Research, Bristol.

The project this year was not a specific book title but the theme of the Loch Ness Monster, as an expedition were going to Fort Augustus, Scotland in search for the real thing.

Not able to join the expedition team, I contributed from afar. Below Nessie silliNess created early March 2017.
48 artists contributed to Bookishness the publication, limited edition only compiled and written by Sarah Bodman, 2017.

Bookishness, page 14, a sighting by Mette-Sofie D. Ambeck.

Bookishness, page 25, book cover.
Book cover design by Ambeck Design, March 2017 (robots are back). Kismet – a reference to the MIT Kismet.
The project in full: http://www.bookarts.uwe.ac.uk/events/bookishnesswbn2017.html

16/10/2016

Is the sky the limit?

Work in progress.
From July 25th 2015 to July 25th 2016 – between 12:00-14:00pm – I have photographed the sky above me.

In the near future the photographs will be collected in book form, so watch this space...

18.03.2016, 13:23:20 – Hovsør, Denmark (Sony DSC-W350)

24.04.2016, 12:44:04 – Halifax Train station, UK (Sony DSC-W350)



Serena Joy – World Book Night 2016

23rd Mayday Society Symposium 2016
On April 23rd 2016 – the day of World Book Night – I found myself at the White Swan hotel in Halifax, UK under the alias Miss Issippi-Mudpie. My partner in crime accompanied me under the guise of Commander Twinkie.
Both of us came equipped with our own handmade rubber stamps, based on The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood.
MAYDAY – rubber stamp by Mette-Sofie D. Ambeck, 2016
We were part of a group of 16 attending artists at the "symposium" ready to stamp, fold and assemble a joint work by a total of 40 artists. Sarah Bodman of the University of West England's Centre for Fine Print Research had organized the event and devised the format onto which we were working. She brought along a large selection of card stock for us to print onto, and had designed and printed the sumptuous golden boxes to hold the completed collections.
Below: the result of a day's work and a fun weekend with pals.

Serena Joy, 2016 – A box of rubber stamp printed cards by 40 artists. I also had the pleasure of printing the egg cup by Corinne Welch – a 3 colour job.
Items from the event: The complete Serena Joy box collection, my own printed post card, badge and envelope with eye – printed by John Bently – containing a comb and paper for the artists to provide a musical accompaniment to his live performance on the day.
MAYDAY being printed.
All at work in The Grand Ballroom at the White Swan, Halifax, 2016.

Follow these links to read further details about the event and the individual artists www.bookarts.uwe.ac.uk/events/wbn2016.html
nancycampbelle.blogspot.com/2016/04/world-book-night-2016-handmaids-tale.html
John Bently and the Eyes‘Sermon’

Everyone involved was later very gratified to find that the author herself (Margaret Atwood) approved of the event and a set of the collected cards was sent her way. 

09/05/2015

Hav & Himmel – Sea & Sky


Exhibition poster: 'Sea & Sky' by Ambeck Design (2015).
– Joint exhibition between Mette-Sofie D. Ambeck & Linda Newington at Doverodde Købmandsgård, Hurup Thy, Denmark – May 19th-June 28th, 2015.

As a result of Linda Newington’s residency at Doverodde Købmandsgård in May of 2014, she returned in May 2015 to exhibit a series of watercolours.
Drawings from her many walks along the North West coast and over 40 watercolour samples painted during the residency was the source for new paintings of light, skies, horizons and the dramatic sunsets seen at Agger beach and Tange.


'Watercolour samples I' – Inspired by sunsets at Agger, spring 2014 by Linda Newington.
Blue sketchbook and watercolours from Doverodde residency by Linda Newington (2014-15).
'Starting points' (sketchbooks) and framed pieces by Linda Newington (2013-15).
'Starting points' (sketchbooks in front) and framed watercolours on wall:'Postcards from Doverodde' by Linda Newington (2013-15). Behind in showcase Eshaness coast, Shetland – oil on board & oil on canvas also by Newington. On floor 'Sun' by M-S. Ambeck (2015).

Meanwhile my work in the show derived from my fascination with the fossilised sea urchins that are commonly found in the area of North Jutland in which I live and work, and which I have collected since I was a child. These are the subject of many myths which reflect the Norse legends.
As well as a series of six large photographic prints incorporating text there were three new book works especially created for this event:


On the floor: 'Sun'. On the wall from the left: 'Five pointed star''A drop of milk''Good luck starman' and 'Thor's fireball' – photographs on canvas by Mette-Sofie D. Ambeck (May 2015).

9 of the 12 pop-ups which were bound after the exhibition into one unique book: 'Pop-pindsvin/Pop-urchin'.


'Pop-pindsvin / Pop-urchin' playing with words. Mette-Sofie D. Ambeck (2015).

A unique 'pop-up' book expressing the Danish names given to sea urchins and the storage English translations of same (i.e "Petrified lake stick swine" or a "prude trollop"). The title of the book was going to be: 'Pop-pindsvin / Pop-urchin' and was going to be bound after the show ended on June 28th – but new thoughts are in progress.

'Pop-urchin' page: Paradisko/Paradise cow by Mette-Sofie D. Ambeck (2015).

'Stonedrops' by Mette-Sofie D. Ambeck (2015).
A second book work that comprises two pamphlet sections shaped like the urchins carrying the myths connected to them (that they fell from the sky) and which are hung as mobiles within the gallery space. The title of the installation is: 'Rain' while the individual books are 'Stonedrops'.

'Rain' by Mette-Sofie D. Ambeck (2015).


'Rain' and further back in the room: 9 pages from 'Pop-pindsvin / Pop-urchin' by Mette-Sofie D. Ambeck (May 2015).


'Rain' by Mette-Sofie D. Ambeck and wall behind watercolours by Linda Newington.
The third book work was a joint print-on-demand artist’s book: ‘Hav & Himmel – Sea & sky’ which Linda and I launched at the opening on May 19th.
The book combines both our work – watercolours and b/w photography.


'Hav & Himmel – Sea & Sky' hanging off the wall next to photo on canvas: 'Fallen from the sky' by Mette-Sofie D. Ambeck May, 2015.
Printed and perfect bound on demand by Blurb.co.uk
Softcover, 20 pages.
Stock: Mohawk Superfine Eggshell Ultrawhite, 148gsm.
Cover size: 16.8 x 17 cm
Edition: unlimited

ISBN 978-87-991309-4-8

In the public collection of Winchester School of Art.


Finally I also created a floor installation using sea urchins belonging to Doverodde Købmandsgård. The installation was called: 'Sun'.
'Sun' installation created with found sea urchins. Mette-Sofie D. Ambeck (2015).
Floor: 'Sun'. Wall from the left: 'Thor's fireball' and 'Cart wheel or pentagram man?' – photographs on canvas by Mette-Sofie D. Ambeck (May 2015).
Floor: 'Sun'. Wall from the left: 'Good luck starman', 'Thor's fireball' and 'Cart wheel or pentagram man?' – photographs on canvas by Mette-Sofie D. Ambeck (May 2015). Right wall: 'Blue Days series' and 'Shetland Walks' by Linda Newington.

Foreground: 'Sun' by Mette-Sofie D. Ambeck (2015). Wall: 'Blue Days series' and 'Shetland Walks' by Linda Newington.
Wall: watercolours by Linda Newington (2014). Floor: 'Sun' by Mette-Sofie D. Ambeck (2015). 'Good luck starman' – photographs on canvas by Mette-Sofie D. Ambeck (May 2015).
The exhibition was reviewed by the local newspaper: Thisted Dagblad on May 20th.
The cover of Thisted Dagblad May 20th, 2015. Photo by Peter Mørk.

"Sea and Sky-landscape and sound" Thisted Dagblad p.6-7, May 20th, 2015.
More images by Thisted Dagblad and Peter Mørk can be found here.