Blogger's playing funny buggers today and I can't edit things the way I usually do, nor can I post photos so I'm a bit limited. I decided to report on the SCU Artists' Book Awards on my Double Elephant blog (which, since I can't put the hyperlink into this post is at http://doubleelephant.blogspot.com).
Sadly, as you will read on the other blog, we didn't make the cut for acquiring work, but the reasons why are quite interesting and raised several questions in my mind about artists' books generally as well as selection processes, personal preference and 'value'!
Contrary to appearances (given my rant over on Double Elephant) I really enjoyed our trip up to Lismore. Not only did I get several hours' worth of uninterrupted conversation with my husband, I also got to see lots of lovely artists' books. Once Blogger is playing ball again I'll post the photos! Meanwhile, a big hello to Fiona whom I met at the opening, and also a hello to the several people I also met who are ardent fans of what we're doing in BAO. I started the project as a purely selfish way of making connections - artistic, literal and literary - and it's exceeded my expectations all the way around! It seems we have created something of value in the world of artists' books: something that is being talked about and examined. If only I'd known we were being watched I'd have tried more ways to get us involved at the Impact conference in Melbourne in September. As it is, neither Ronnie nor I have heard anything about the paper/exhibition we applied for, so we'll just have to keep on crossing our fingers. A little bird told me yesterday that Monash staff hope to have it all sorted out in a week or two.
Since this is a blog about making artists' books by book artists from around the world, I'd love to see more conversation here about what an artists' book IS. Have a read of my post over at Double Elephant and chip in! I look forward to finding out what you think...