London Centre for Book Arts (LCBA) is the UK’s only open-access resource and education centre dedicated to book arts. Located in Fish Island, near Hackney Wick in east London.

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  1. A BIG thank you to all the amazing volunteers, LCBA members and istructors, X Marks the Bökship, and to everyone who came and showed us your support at our Open Day this past Saturday. We had an amazing time, and we hope to see everyone at LCBA again soon! A BIG thank you to all the amazing volunteers, LCBA members and istructors, X Marks the Bökship, and to everyone who came and showed us your support at our Open Day this past Saturday. We had an amazing time, and we hope to see everyone at LCBA again soon!
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    A BIG thank you to all the amazing volunteers, LCBA members and istructors, X Marks the Bökship, and to everyone who came and showed us your support at our Open Day this past Saturday. We had an amazing time, and we hope to see everyone at LCBA again soon!

  2. This Saturday!
Please join us this Saturday, 26 October, from 11am – 4pm for Open Day at the London Centre for Book Arts.
We will be running demonstrations, including letterpress printing and bookbinding, all day long with a chance for everyone to take part. Along with cards and prints from the LCBA studio, a selection of books from X Marks the Bökship will be available for purchase throughout the day. This Saturday!
Please join us this Saturday, 26 October, from 11am – 4pm for Open Day at the London Centre for Book Arts.
We will be running demonstrations, including letterpress printing and bookbinding, all day long with a chance for everyone to take part. Along with cards and prints from the LCBA studio, a selection of books from X Marks the Bökship will be available for purchase throughout the day.
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    This Saturday!

    Please join us this Saturday, 26 October, from 11am – 4pm for Open Day at the London Centre for Book Arts.

    We will be running demonstrations, including letterpress printing and bookbinding, all day long with a chance for everyone to take part. Along with cards and prints from the LCBA studio, a selection of books from X Marks the Bökship will be available for purchase throughout the day.

  3. Testing different foils last night during our Foil Blocking Induction workshop. The next session of Foil Blocking Induction is Monday 4 Nov 7-9pm  Testing different foils last night during our Foil Blocking Induction workshop. The next session of Foil Blocking Induction is Monday 4 Nov 7-9pm 
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    Testing different foils last night during our Foil Blocking Induction workshop.
    The next session of Foil Blocking Induction is Monday 4 Nov 7-9pm 

  4. Happy to announce that X Marks the Bökship will have a selection of books available for purchase at LCBA during our Open Day this Saturday 26 Oct from 11am - 4pm.
X Marks the Bökship is a bookshop and project space for independent publishers based in London, specialising in independent/small press publications by artists and designers. Happy to announce that X Marks the Bökship will have a selection of books available for purchase at LCBA during our Open Day this Saturday 26 Oct from 11am - 4pm.
X Marks the Bökship is a bookshop and project space for independent publishers based in London, specialising in independent/small press publications by artists and designers.
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    Happy to announce that X Marks the Bökship will have a selection of books available for purchase at LCBA during our Open Day this Saturday 26 Oct from 11am - 4pm.

    X Marks the Bökship is a bookshop and project space for independent publishers based in London, specialising in independent/small press publications by artists and designers.

  5. School - a great publication we picked up at the Tokyo Art Book Fair. School profiles creative work being done by women in Japan. School - a great publication we picked up at the Tokyo Art Book Fair. School profiles creative work being done by women in Japan.
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    School - a great publication we picked up at the Tokyo Art Book Fair. School profiles creative work being done by women in Japan.

  6. via Kaleidoscope
"As an aspiring painter in mid-1950s London, Richard Hollis admired Constructivism and the kalte kunst (cold art) of Swiss artists like Max Bill and Richard Paul Lohse, but at an art teacher’s suggestion he took up graphic design instead, rigorously taking on the visual strategies that employ text and images to communicate ideas. Famously part of the team that helped wrestle John Berger’s 1972 BBC series “Ways of Seeing” into a book, Hollis found inspiration in the television format—what had arguably become the predominant way of seeing. At the time, setting images within the relevant parts of text and using a bold sans serif font (to give the text a weight that would echo the series’ emphatic narrator) were, in graphic design, as radical as Berger’s critical approach to visual culture, both high and low. As print designer for London’s Whitechapel Gallery from the late 1960s to mid-1980s , Hollis designed innovative mailings that unfolded into posters as well as catalogues for artists like Eva Hesse and Philip Guston, among dozens of others. Artists Space presents the first exhibition of the pioneering graphic designer’s works in the US, bringing approximately one hundred pieces from Hollis’s archive to to reveal his unrivaled presence in British postwar graphic design and visual culture. (Natalie Bell)

Richard Hollis’ exhibition at Artists Space, New York, will run through November 10”
via Kaleidoscope
"As an aspiring painter in mid-1950s London, Richard Hollis admired Constructivism and the kalte kunst (cold art) of Swiss artists like Max Bill and Richard Paul Lohse, but at an art teacher’s suggestion he took up graphic design instead, rigorously taking on the visual strategies that employ text and images to communicate ideas. Famously part of the team that helped wrestle John Berger’s 1972 BBC series “Ways of Seeing” into a book, Hollis found inspiration in the television format—what had arguably become the predominant way of seeing. At the time, setting images within the relevant parts of text and using a bold sans serif font (to give the text a weight that would echo the series’ emphatic narrator) were, in graphic design, as radical as Berger’s critical approach to visual culture, both high and low. As print designer for London’s Whitechapel Gallery from the late 1960s to mid-1980s , Hollis designed innovative mailings that unfolded into posters as well as catalogues for artists like Eva Hesse and Philip Guston, among dozens of others. Artists Space presents the first exhibition of the pioneering graphic designer’s works in the US, bringing approximately one hundred pieces from Hollis’s archive to to reveal his unrivaled presence in British postwar graphic design and visual culture. (Natalie Bell)

Richard Hollis’ exhibition at Artists Space, New York, will run through November 10”
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    via Kaleidoscope

    "As an aspiring painter in mid-1950s London, Richard Hollis admired Constructivism and the kalte kunst (cold art) of Swiss artists like Max Bill and Richard Paul Lohse, but at an art teacher’s suggestion he took up graphic design instead, rigorously taking on the visual strategies that employ text and images to communicate ideas. Famously part of the team that helped wrestle John Berger’s 1972 BBC series “Ways of Seeing” into a book, Hollis found inspiration in the television format—what had arguably become the predominant way of seeing. At the time, setting images within the relevant parts of text and using a bold sans serif font (to give the text a weight that would echo the series’ emphatic narrator) were, in graphic design, as radical as Berger’s critical approach to visual culture, both high and low. As print designer for London’s Whitechapel Gallery from the late 1960s to mid-1980s , Hollis designed innovative mailings that unfolded into posters as well as catalogues for artists like Eva Hesse and Philip Guston, among dozens of others. Artists Space presents the first exhibition of the pioneering graphic designer’s works in the US, bringing approximately one hundred pieces from Hollis’s archive to to reveal his unrivaled presence in British postwar graphic design and visual culture. (Natalie Bell)

    Richard Hollis’ exhibition at Artists Space, New York, will run through November 10”

  7. If you’re in London this weekend why not join us for a box making workshop at LCBA

  If you’re in London this weekend why not join us for a box making workshop at LCBA

 
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    If you’re in London this weekend why not join us for a box making workshop at LCBA

     
  8. Slide Shows - a fantastic project by Charlotte Cheetham, the independent curator behind one of our favorite blogs, Manystuff.org

    Slide Shows - a fantastic project by Charlotte Cheetham, the independent curator behind one of our favorite blogs, Manystuff.org

  9. Camden Arts Centre presents another exhibition by an important artists working primarily on paper - and to varying degrees, the book form (recent exhibitions include exhibitions of work by Jockum Nordström, Dieter Roth, and Dorothy Iannone).
Kara Walker11 October2013 - 5 January 2014Camden Arts Centre
"American artist Kara Walker (b. 1969) fills all three gallery spaces at Camden Arts Centre over the autumn months. Renouncing the sensitivity that often shrouds the subject, Walker’s work critically and unapologetically interrogates underlying racial and gender tensions. Through characters drawn from American popular literature, culture and history, she exposes the myths that lie beneath cultural archetypes and the darker aspects of human behaviour.

Walker’s new work reflects her current research into the White Supremacist movement and gun culture in the US. Peopled with subjects from both past and contemporary history, the work weaves together historical documents of slavery with more recent racial issues.

The exhibition brings together several important bodies of recent work. Dust Jackets for the Niggerati is a series of large graphite drawings, conceived as book covers for unwritten essays and works of fiction, which investigates pivotal transitions in black American history and the missing narratives of the black migration. Shown alongside a video installation of her shadow play Fall Frum Grace- Miss Pipi’s Blue Tale and intricately cut silhouette installations, the ‘wall samplers’, the exhibition addresses highly-charged subjects of repression, discrimination and sexual violence.

Connecting all of the work is an examination of power, racial myths and stereotypes. Using graphically simple and traditional media, Walker articulates suffering and violence within American history that continues to resonate in society today.” Camden Arts Centre presents another exhibition by an important artists working primarily on paper - and to varying degrees, the book form (recent exhibitions include exhibitions of work by Jockum Nordström, Dieter Roth, and Dorothy Iannone).
Kara Walker11 October2013 - 5 January 2014Camden Arts Centre
"American artist Kara Walker (b. 1969) fills all three gallery spaces at Camden Arts Centre over the autumn months. Renouncing the sensitivity that often shrouds the subject, Walker’s work critically and unapologetically interrogates underlying racial and gender tensions. Through characters drawn from American popular literature, culture and history, she exposes the myths that lie beneath cultural archetypes and the darker aspects of human behaviour.

Walker’s new work reflects her current research into the White Supremacist movement and gun culture in the US. Peopled with subjects from both past and contemporary history, the work weaves together historical documents of slavery with more recent racial issues.

The exhibition brings together several important bodies of recent work. Dust Jackets for the Niggerati is a series of large graphite drawings, conceived as book covers for unwritten essays and works of fiction, which investigates pivotal transitions in black American history and the missing narratives of the black migration. Shown alongside a video installation of her shadow play Fall Frum Grace- Miss Pipi’s Blue Tale and intricately cut silhouette installations, the ‘wall samplers’, the exhibition addresses highly-charged subjects of repression, discrimination and sexual violence.

Connecting all of the work is an examination of power, racial myths and stereotypes. Using graphically simple and traditional media, Walker articulates suffering and violence within American history that continues to resonate in society today.”
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    Camden Arts Centre presents another exhibition by an important artists working primarily on paper - and to varying degrees, the book form (recent exhibitions include exhibitions of work by Jockum Nordström, Dieter Roth, and Dorothy Iannone).

    Kara Walker
    11 October2013 - 5 January 2014
    Camden Arts Centre

    "American artist Kara Walker (b. 1969) fills all three gallery spaces at Camden Arts Centre over the autumn months. Renouncing the sensitivity that often shrouds the subject, Walker’s work critically and unapologetically interrogates underlying racial and gender tensions. Through characters drawn from American popular literature, culture and history, she exposes the myths that lie beneath cultural archetypes and the darker aspects of human behaviour.

    Walker’s new work reflects her current research into the White Supremacist movement and gun culture in the US. Peopled with subjects from both past and contemporary history, the work weaves together historical documents of slavery with more recent racial issues.

    The exhibition brings together several important bodies of recent work. Dust Jackets for the Niggerati is a series of large graphite drawings, conceived as book covers for unwritten essays and works of fiction, which investigates pivotal transitions in black American history and the missing narratives of the black migration. Shown alongside a video installation of her shadow play Fall Frum Grace- Miss Pipi’s Blue Tale and intricately cut silhouette installations, the ‘wall samplers’, the exhibition addresses highly-charged subjects of repression, discrimination and sexual violence.

    Connecting all of the work is an examination of power, racial myths and stereotypes. Using graphically simple and traditional media, Walker articulates suffering and violence within American history that continues to resonate in society today.”

  10. https://www.facebook.com/events/152808264925853/ https://www.facebook.com/events/152808264925853/
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