Wednesday, January 4, 2012


A couple of days ago, Ronnie posted a comment about the need for an edition colophon. Coincidentally, I'd been working on a colophon for my own contribution to the edition and am happy to put this forward as a discussion starter for others to consider, although those working with letterpress or in miniature will probably throw up their hands in horror. Here it is:

Kurt Johannessen’s Exercises (1994) is a handbook of tasks that individually seem quirky and harmless but, when taken as a whole, are a gently subversive prompt to readers to reflect upon their world.
One of Kurt’s exercises, “write 100 stories and bury them in the forest”, inspired British book artist Sarah Bodman to do just that. Her 100 stories, collected as
An Exercise for Kurt Johannessen (2010), are quietly decomposing in a forest in northern Denmark.
The titles of Sarah’s stories have, with her permission, been taken as the starting point for BookArtObject Edition 4.
#41 It's beginning to hurt is a single section pamphlet binding with laminated paper boards and oasis spine piece. The text paper is 118gsm Superfine Eggshell Soft White and the font is Palatino Linotype.
Fifteen copies have been printed of which this is copy number:


Terence Uren
Canberra, Australia
June 2012


dinahmow said...

Thankyou, Terence.Isn't it great to see a newcomer jumping in!

I have been "fiddling" with a similar approach and offer this:

Kurt Johannessen, "Exercises."1994, suggested writing 100 short stories, to be buried in a forest.

Sarah Bodman did exactly that and has given her permission for BAO to use her titles in the making of artist books by [however many]groups for BAO Edition 4

Now enter number, title,edition numbers, materials,etc.Design and production by [name]Signature.

Mindful of page size, in my case probably A5, I would like to keep it short and sweet!

Abigail Thomas said...

Yeah the shorter the better I think, same length (ish) if possible to the Art&Lies one....? Thoughts?

Helen M said...

I'm planning on a book structure that won't have flat A5 or similar pages, so I think the shorter the better to accommodate everyone.

ronnie said...

perhaps it might help if we shared what the colophons for the previous editions look like?

Ampersand Duck said...

I like everyone having the choice between the long and the short as they both have similar info... but I think we need to specify which group we are in (so BookArtObject 4, Group 1, or even 4:1) and it's always really important, methinks, to include the BAO URL. Even if it adds text!

Abigail Thomas said...

Yes Duck I agree.