Autumn Update 2011

It ended up being a very busy Summer, though sadly not making any of the new work I have planned. 
I was however helping at the 3rd Doverodde Book Arts Festival 2011 in Denmark (June 2-5th), which was a great event, once again bringing together lots of lovely work and great people. 
Along with collating and designing the catalogue I also set up a Flickr account if you want to see pictures of what happened: www.flickr.com/photos/doveroddebookarts/

In August I began my new role as Festival Organiser for the new-look Doverodde Book Arts Festival IV & Symposium – 2012, which I hope will be as successful as the previous ones co-ordinated by my colleague Liz Hempel-Jørgensen. As before it will be at the Limfjordscentret in Doverodde, Hurup, Thy, Denmark. 
You can read more about all that on the social networking site I set up: www.nordicbookarts.ning.com or on www.bookarts-doverodde.dk

And now – after a break in far-off Skagen – October and November will involve new teaching and book fair experiences, meaning almost 4 lovely weeks in London.
Hope to see you at one of these events.
Happy autumn – the leaves have already been blown off the trees here in Denmark.

Up coming events autumn 2011
Book fairs:
The London Art Book Fair – stand no.50
September 23-25th 11am-6pm
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7QX, UK
Admission FREE
Small Publishers Fair
November 11-12th 11am-7pm
Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL, UK
Admission FREE


Retrospective exhibition

From June 7th-26th, 2011 I'm having a small retrospective exhibition of my work from the 15 year period 1996-2010 as part of the Doverodde Book Arts Festival 2011 at Limfjordscentret Doverodde, Denmark.
The exhibition shows some of my earlier work, prototypes, sketches and notes for projects and later work including the installation: Cogs – a Book in the Machine (2006) and some original prints from Ambeck's Typographic Bestiary (2006).

Cogs – a Book in the Machine

They came, they flew

A flock of birds.

The installation opened on Friday June 3rd at 4pm with German composer and musician Regine Brunke performing her music piece: Hinter den Farben der Woeken /Behind the colours of the clouds (2008) for viola cello & verrophone (glass tube-instrument) which was a perfect match.

Regine Brunke

As mentioned previously was the installation inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's movie The Birds (1963) and contained 204 hand-cut and stitched birds, of the three common breeds to the area for the time of year: Colóeus monédula (Jackdaw), árus ridibúndus (Black-headed Gull) and the Délichon úrbica (Common House Martin). After 4pm that day any visitor to the 3rd floor of the tower was welcome to cut down a bird at set it free where ever they pleased (i.e. bringing it home with them).

Snip, snip.

The installation will finish on June 26th 2011 at 5pm. Below the tower at Limfjordscentret Doverodde, Denmark where the birds are being kept.

The Tower, Limfjordcentret Doverodde, Denmark.
A lonely bird.


They came, they flew – on local tv

Today was the opening of Doverodde Book Arts Festival 2011 and the official opening of my installation: They came, they flew – 204 hand-cut birds inspired by the Hitchcock movie The Birds from 1963. Here seen on the local tv.


Bestiary Volume II – the creatures are out

I'm excited to announce I recently managed to develop and print more than 30 new characters for the next Ambeck's Typographic Bestiary, A–Z, Volume II – which I plan to complete by the end of 2011.

The idea for Volume II has been there since I finished Volume I in 2006, but finding the right time and place to commence a new adventure in the name of letterpress has taken its time.

In March 2011 new creatures began to appear during my six day residency at Harrington&Squires in Tufnell Park, London (http://www.harringtonandsquires.co.uk/).

The two brilliant letterpress printers and designers – Vicky and Chrissie – left me to it, and let me submerge myself in their lovely collection of wooden letters, and fun began to happen between the inked roller (a shiny new one, I may add) and the nice old proofing press.
Here are a few pics from the action.


Welcome and News

Welcome to my temporary blog/website which is replacing: www.ambeck.mdd.dk
My new website will be www.ambeckdesign.dk and will be ready later this year.
In the meantime please take a look here and browse through my February posts.

Up coming events 2011:
Book fairs:

BABE III – Bristol Artists' Books Event at Arnolfini Bristol, UK
April 30th 11am-6pm & May 1st 11am-5pm, 2011
Entrance FREE

Doverodde Book Arts Festival III
Limfjordscentret Doverodde Købmandsgård, Hurup Thy, Denmark
June 3-5th, 2011
Paid entrance

Recent events 2011:
14th International Contemporary Artists' Book Fair, Leeds

The Parkinson Building, University of Leeds, LS2 9JT, UK
March 11th 11am-6pm & 12th 10am-5pm, 2011


Artists' Books 2010

Steam, Salt, Milk – a nordic creation myth
(2010 edition) SOLD OUT

A remake of the unique book from 2000 of the same name now available in a limited edition of 10.
The book tells the story of how the world was created according to Nordic Mythology using inkjet-printed text and laser-cut illustrations and pop-ups.

Pages: 72 inkjet-printed and laser-cut by Tom Sowden, UWE Bristol.
Cover size: 20 x 20 cm – laser-engraved grey board
Comes in a grey slip-case and each copy will be signed & numbered.

Was launched at the London Art Book Fair 2010 where it won the Birgit Skiöld Award of Excellence.
At the Handmade & Bound Fair in London 2010 it was also awarded Best in Show 2nd prize.

In the public collection of The National Art Library at Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Manchester Metropolitan University Library All Saints, William Allan Neilson Library at Smith College Mass. USA, Winchester School of Art Library – and also held by international private collectors.

Steam, Salt, Milk and Day Return are both results of a four-day (July 5-8th, 2010) residency at the University of West England, Bristol, UK being part of Tom Sowden's AHRC founded project: 'Paper Models: Investigating laser cutting technology to develop new artists' books and paper-based creative practice for arts, craft and design.'
To read more about the project go to: http://www.bookarts.uwe.ac.uk/papermods11.htm here you can also find a detailed report by Tom Sowden on my residency at UWE: http://www.bookarts.uwe.ac.uk/laserdocs11/case%20studies/ambeckcs.pdf
(Below the laser at work.)

Day Return
A video-recorded return train journey to London transformed by laser-engraving into image poetry. This meter long concertina book comes in a hand-made grey board box numbered and signed.

Double-side laser engraved onto 280gsm Somerset Velvet Black paper by Tom Sowden, UWE Bristol.
Size: 18 x 100 cm
Edition of 10 – in a signed & numbered box. SOLD OUT

In the public collection of Tate Collection, Manchester Metropolitan University Library All Saints, William Allan Neilson Library at Smith College Mass. USA, CFPR Collection at the University of West England, UK and University for the Creative Arts at Epsom, UK and also held by international private collectors.

(Below an example of the kind of train journey movie which the book is based on.)

Created especially for Doverodde Book Arts Festival II and the exhibition: 'Place of Interest' at Limfjordscenteret Doverodde Købmandsgård, Hurup Thy, Denmark.

The book investigates the symbol: U+2318 also called the Place of Interest Sign.

Cover: Daler-Rowney HeavyWeight 220gms.
Inside: Canford-Royal Blue 150gms, Daler-Rowney Cartridge 130gms, Perganeata 90gms.
Slip-case: Canford Card Royal Blue 300gms.
Size: 14.7x14.7cm
Edition 50
Date: May 2010

Exhibited at Limfjordscenteret Doverodde Købmandsgård, Hurup Thy, Denmark
May 14th – June 20th 2010.
GrafikGalleriet – Grønnegades Kaserne Kulturcenter, Næstved, Denmark.
August 14th – 29th 2010.

In the public collection of the Tate Collection, London and the Doverodde Book Arts Center collection, Denmark.