Thursday, February 28, 2013


Just before another monsoonal deluge hit us, Barbara Milman's book arrived in my box. Appropriately titled "Not Quite Drowning."

Sara, because of this relentless rain we in the North are cut off again. I am loathe to risk mailing any books until the roads re-open. Hopefully, the highway will be cleared soon (please!) and once I'm certain things are moving I'll send my books out.

In the meantime...

Monday, February 25, 2013

sams creek counting book

here's my second book for BAO edition 4

this time for group 3

check it all out 

soooooo that's two down, one edition to go for me....

how is everyone else going?

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Book Arts Video

Great news to hear that us slow coaches have a second chance, I am very close to having finished the fine tuning of my prototype and should be able to complete in time for the second shipment of books to Sarah.

In the meantime I just came across this little video and thought of you all, enjoy!


Saturday, February 16, 2013


Yes, I've actually posted books off to Sarah Bodman in the UK.  Sarah's a fantastic person, so much so that she's offered to exhibit BAO Edition Four books not just once but twice this year - so for those you, like me, who haven't quite got there yet, we haven't missed out!  Not everyone who has sent me a book so far made it into the box, simply because of the limitations of box size and weight, but as I just mentioned, there will be a second box and second exhibition so none of us in the second box really misses out.  If you'd like to be included in the second box/exhibition, please try to get your work to me in the next month or two!  I'm not sure when the second exhibition will take place, but I don't want to miss that one too...

Some of you will be dying to know whether your books went in the first parcel so here's a list:

Gene Epstein, Avril Makula, Carol Freid, Anna Mavromatis, Caren Florance, Berti van der Meij, Celeste Hansel, Jo Cook, Lyn Skordal, Rhonda Ayliffe, Rebecca Chamlee, Angela Callanan, Estelle Liebenberg-Barkhuizen, Michelle Ray, Maureen Piggins, Janine Whitling, Alicia Bailey, Alicia Viers, Fiona Dempster, Jack Oudyn, Cheryl Penn, Jac Balmer, Terence Uren, Alicia Griswold, Di Patmore, Genevieve Nordmark, Trace Willans, Helen Malone, Rhonda Miller, Michelle Olsen.

Some of you have made more than one book but generally I only put one of your books in this package in order to get work by more artists in the box.  As it was, the box weighed over 3kgs and cost over $100 to post.  Fingers crossed Sarah receives it OK!  As and when I find out, I'll post the news on the blog.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

'carpe diem' (is not a tale about fish-of-the-day)

 this is my offering for BAO edition 4 - group 11

rather than double posting

I've posted more pics and a tale too on my blog

that's one of my titles done - two to go! 

(I've been loving getting all the booky goodies at the post office -
 how is everyone else going with their projects? 
I hope you're enjoying what you're making and/or receiving...)



Saturday, February 9, 2013

Turn Left & Motorway Services {in progress}

So I wanted to do a little update/work-in-progess post. I think we each wrote many more of these kind of posts last edition, and I liked to read how people were thinking and progressing with their ideas and books.
I have two titles, and no, I haven't finished them yet; sorry guys, life just gets in the way sometimes!

I have been thinking about these two titles for a long time, brainstorming, coming up with ideas, working on them, rejecting them, and forming new ones. Alongside all this thinking has been an awful lot of research. Now that I think I have actually hit on an idea or two that I want to follow, I want to share a few links to show you my background research and ideas so far.

Kurt Johannessen - his work has intrigued me for sometime even before the project was settled; working with directional language and instructional bookworks, he obviously appeals to me and my work. Having not actually seen the bookwork Exercises before I did an internet search for some images and came across this page of Printed Matter bookshop in New York, with a great description too. I would of course love to see the work in the flesh, but have yet to get round to making an appointment at the Tate library in London who have a copy; maybe next week...  Anyway, for Turn Left I was struck by the description that "statements are presented in small delicate text on stark white pages with wide margins" - I feel like I want to make work that is somehow  giving something back, or having a dialogue with the original material Sarah used to make her 100 stories; and perhaps the basic structure of the original Jonannessen book could be a way to do that. Structurally I like the idea of trying out some designs that mimic the 10x10cm square with black text on white pages. The original is offset printed, but I would like to use letterpress, or at least try it out and see.

Little Chef - for Motorway Services I immediately wanted to include in some way or other the influence of the very British institution of the Little Chef; a roadside family restaurant, the UK's answer to the American highway diner. In my childhood, on long car journeys I would keep my eye out for Little Chef's, beg my parents to stop at the next one, and plot the time gone with the distance between each one. Little Chef's, or the ones left still open, are quite depressing places now, maybe they always were, but I was a kid, what was I to know?! Anyway, I have in my collection of old, eclectic printed matter, a copy of a Little Chef map, a pamphlet type of folded map and the perfect structure for my edition. I am always interested in cheaply printed ephemera, tourist maps, leaflets, pamphlets and other assorted printed matter; and using this as a structure in which to make work so I want to use this ephemeral quality, this aesthetic leaning toward tourist maps and make work my edition with this structure.

A Little Chef 

Fonts & Printing -  In terms of the typeface, I have research and thought about this quite a bit. For both titles I want to incorporate the feeling of road signs, directional language in a recognisable typeface. I researched the fonts that UK road signs are made up of and came across this website where you can download the fonts for free: - this made my day and I'm now quite excited about having a solid basis from which to start making the work. I want each title to be quite differently printed and differently structured; the first (Turn Left) I already mentioned I want to letterpress and  use the 10x10 white book format.
The second (Motorway Services) I want to to try a method of printing I have not previously investigated; the plotter printer. This way of cheaply producing large format (A3 - A0) black & white print outs is normally used by architects and engineers to print out their building plans. I know someone who recently used these guys to print some posters, so I'm going to give them a go and do a test run.

So as you can see; I'm getting somewhere, I'm just not quite there yet!

Abigail Thomas
Groups 6 & 11
#16 Turn Left & #54 Motorway Services

Exhibition/Awards Opportunity EGAG - Books...beyond words - revolution

Thought some might be interested in the upcoming "Books...beyond words - revolution" artist book awards at East Gippsland Art Gallery.  Their spiel says they are "looking for entries which revolutionise the form of the book beyond conventional physical and conceptual boundaries".

Entries open 4 Feb 2013
Entries close 5 April 2013
Pre selection 26 April 2013
Delivery of works 5 July 2013
Return of works 10 September 2013

Major Award $5,000
Innovation Award $1,000
Artist of East Gippsland Acquisition Award $1,000
People's Choice Award $500

To download info and entry forms go to  East Gippsland Art Gallery Site

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Finished Book - Group 3

When I Am An Old Lady - Budgie 

I don't like double posting but...I've put up some pictures of my finished book on my Blog and on Flickr :-)

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Saw this and thought of us

I saw this blog post of Sarah Bryant's and thought of us; especially those who haven't made editions many times before: 

Some great helpful hints.

You can also hear her interview on Bookbinding Now.

{in other news; I have ideas for both my books; soon I might have time & space to make them!}