BOOKBINDING THE GRAFIK GUITAR

My hand-made artist book, The Grafik Guitar, has recently undergone a wonderful transformation by virtue of being creatively bound and covered by Imogen Yang. The result: it’s art!

The Grafik Guitar artist book, front cover-bookbinding design by Imogen Yang. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill).

The Grafik Guitar artist book, front cover-bookbinding design by Imogen Yang. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill).

The Grafik Guitar artist book, endpapers. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill).

The Grafik Guitar artist book, endpapers. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill).

The book consists of 38 prints on the theme of the deconstruction of elements of the guitar. The images were carved in lino and wood following the Japanese creative print (sosaku hanga) approach using Japanese knives, gouges and chisels and printed on Chinese 2 ply paper with Dr. Ph. Martin’s water colour ink and some sumi.

The Grafik Guitar artist book, pages. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill).

The Grafik Guitar artist book, pages. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill).

Imogen emboss-printed the guitar strings block onto a strip of kangaroo skin for the front cover and had me add my signature chop. Her use of 6 thick binding strings to the front and back cover boards echoes the guitar’s 6 strings and I can’t explain the stitching pattern she has employed to bind the pages together. As an iteration of the cover design she has used my separate guitar strings prints for the endpapers. Wow!

The Grafik Guitar artist book, cover and stitching, bookbinding design by Imogen Yang. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill).

The Grafik Guitar artist book, cover and stitching-bookbinding design by Imogen Yang. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill).

The book is currently on display at the Art Gallery of NSW in the 16th annual exhibition of the Australian Bookbinders. The exhibition runs from 7th November to 14th December in the Research library and archive.

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The Grafik Guitar artist book on display in the Art Gallery of NSW.

Posts of my graphic based material include:  THE GRAFIK GUITAR   BOOKBINDING THE GRAFIK GUITAR   CARTOON   MORE CARTOONS   RESEARCH CARTOONS   UNIVERSITY CARTOONS    POSTCARD    POSTCARD-Second Series    POSTCARD-Third Series   POSTCARD-Fourth Series   PRINT Fish Tai   PRINT Fish Two   SCRAPBOOK  SCRAPBOOK-More Pages   SCRAPBOOK-A Few Pages More  and the posts on production of my artist book/comic BLOTTING PAPER:  Issue #1: No.1   No.2   No.3   No.4   No.5   No.6   No.7   No.8   No.9   No.10   No.11   No.12   No.13   Issue #2: No.14   No.15   No.16   No.17   No.18   No.19   No.20   No.21   No.22   No.23   No.24   No.25   No.26   No.27   No.28   No.29   Issue #3: No.30   No.31   No.32   No.33   No.34   No.35   No.36   Issue #4: No.37   No.38   No.39   No.40   No.41   No.42   No.43   No.44   Issue #5: No.45   No.46   No.47   No.48

BLOTTING PAPER The Comic: Production Report No.27

Publication of the second issue of my artist book/comic Blotting Paper: The Recollected Graphical Impressions Of Doctor Comics, Chapter 2: A Blot On His Escutcheon has occurred. As with the first issue the publication was planned to be accompanied by an exhibition of associated art work. This time around the exhibition, at  GAUGE Gallery, subsumed the publication as the former was larger in scope and located in a gallery, as opposed to a bookshop, and the latter didn’t actually arrive until the fourth day of the event. Preparations for the launch of the artist book/comic had to be postponed due to the uncertain completion date and arrival of stock in the gallery. The exhibition scheduling had been established, set, contracted and agreed upon with the reasonable expectation of completion of the comic prior to opening of the show. That didn’t happen. When the book eventually arrived at the gallery it went immediately on sale but has yet to be “launched”.

Pages being readied for stitching. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

Pages being readied for stitching. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

The wonderfully romantic old school bindery. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

The wonderfully romantic old school bindery. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

50 copies weighted and settling. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

50 copies weighted and settling. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

Clever alignment of the front and back endpapers so that two different fish become one. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

Clever alignment of the front and back endpapers so that two different fish become one. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

The printed labels drying and awaiting attachment to the covers. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

The printed labels drying and awaiting attachment to the covers. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

The completed artist book/comic on display in the gallery. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

The completed artist book/comic on display in the gallery. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

For a visual diary record and time-line overview of this project, see all of the BLOTTING PAPER production reports.

Issue #1:   No.1   No.2   No.3   No.4   No.5   No.6   No.7   No.8   No.9   No.10   No.11   No.12   No.13   Issue #2:   No.14   No.15   No.16   No.17   No.18   No.19   No.20   No.21   No.22   No.23   No.24   No.25   No.26   No.27   No.28   No.29