Personal Histories Artist Book Exhibition

Bringing together artists from around the globe to share their own stories in artist book form. Sharing similarities, diversities and individual perspectives. Highlighting the dynamic world of artist books.

REDLAND MUSEUM: 12 October - 30 November 2014
REDLAND ART GALLERY: 29 March - 10 May 2015
UNSW CANBERRA: 28 September - 11 December 2015

For more information please contact the Coördinator, Robyn Foster (email:

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Feature Artists - Angie Butler & Philippa Wood

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The resultant two volume set of artists' books  OPEN HOUSE - No.18 and No.42, were originally created for Sense of Place , curated by Karen Kinoshita at the University of Minnesota, Oct-Dec 2012. An edition is now included in the Personal Histories International Artist Book Exhibition.

In January 2012 we were asked by Karen Kinoshita to participate in the 'Sense of Place in Artists' Books' to be held at the Architecture Library, University of Minnesota Oct-Dec 2012, to coincide with the International Conference "Mapping Spectral Traces: PLaCE Minnesota.

With this in mind, we began to e-mail each other our thoughts and ideas, trying to pinpoint shared interests, thinking how we could develop our ideas regarding the concept "sense of place", and how to increase understanding towards, and empathy with our work through it's publication.

Through our online conversations, we realised that, although we had met a number of times, through our academic and artistic practice; we had never been to, or seen each other's houses.

We had no knowledge of where we both dwell, or of the surroundings in which we inhabit daily.  Although we have shared appreciation for nostalgia, letterpress, Delia Smith, typewriters and the histories and narratives of objects - we didn't know an awful lot about our respective pasts, present, or future selves, our hopes and dreams.

So, as an attempt to discover and reveal a few interesting stories, we decided to carry out some domestic archaeology.  We gave each other an online 'tour' of our own houses in words and pictures, and made an accompanying artists' book that focuses on an intimate selection of the tour.

By acknowledging the past, discussing the present and investing in the future we have not only developed our own relationship, but have raised an awareness of how we are connected to the places where we live, and better understand the psychology that underpins our furnishings, decor and household adornments.

The resultant artists' books are also accompanied by an ongoing blog.

ANGIE BUTLER is currently carrying out a PhD. study based at The Centre for Fine Print Research at The University of the West of England, Bristol, United Kingdom.  

Angie has a multi-disciplinary approach to making, producing artists' books and printed matter with letterpress printing and hand typed text under the press name ABPress.  Her books have been exhibited internationally and are held in private and public collections in the UK, USA, Denmark, Norway, Italy, Iraq, Taiwan and Australia.  

Angie lectures, leads workshops and courses teaching into various CPD programmes, undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses (from Fine Art and Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking to Graphic Design and Illustration), at Universities and Studios throughout the UK.

PHILIPPA WOOD is a Senior Lecturer within the Department of Design at The University of Lincoln and produces work as part of a small collective called The Caseroom Press.  

Her work in the book arts field explores a range of interests, from what could be considered the minutiae of life - the seemingly insignificant aspects of our living and working environments and the importance we place on them; to projects that explore how applying mandatory rules and systems impacts on the content and form of the book and whether this means the artist relinquishes creative control.

Having originally qualified as a graphic designer her current creative practice embraces her interest in typography and the utilisation of traditional print processes such as letterpress.

Philippa's books are held within various permanent collections including The Klingspor-Museum Offenbach Archive, Germany; Boise State University, Idaho, USA: Winchester School of Art and Design and Bristol Bower Ashton Library, UWE, UK.

Philippa has also submitted a second artists' book for the Personal Histories project entitled Objects of Others (inhabit my kitchen).  This book is a visual record of items within Philippa's kitchen.  Items bestowed or inherited from friends and relatives; or unwanted and donated items purchased from second-hand or charity shops.


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