Archive for the ‘Fine Press Books’ Category

On 1st of July 2011 Stichting NOBILIS published a book dedicated to the work of Peter Lazarov 1991-2011; written by Pieter Jonker, photography and layout by Sijtze Veldema, Stilet Vormgeving Dwingeloo.

The 304 pages volume contains more than 500 reproductions divided on several categories – free prints, illustrations, ex libris and occasional graphics.

Special attention has been given to the PEPElpress editions of fine press books produced since 2002.

Price 49.50 euro.

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PEPELpress presents PROSPERO’S BOOKS by Peter Greenaway.

The limited edition of twelve made in Chongqing, China, in March 2011, contains six large size multicolored silkscreens, printed on high quality handmade Chinese paper.

Seven copies are bound with leather, five are paperback. All copies are in a  bag from recycled material.

Size 50,5 x 61 cm.

My thanks go to Peter Greenaway for his generous permission to use his text; to Sieds de Boer who came up with the idea for this book; to my Chongqing friends: Lan Jian for his vital help during the production of the book in the studio of Sichuan Fine Art Institute, Cao Wen for the printing  and Zhang Liang for the binding; also to Li Qilong and Li Jinghang.

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The following link is to the website of Museum of the Book in The Hague where an exhibition 100 Years Private Press Books in Holland opened recently.

My book Shoji  (please, see also the page PEPELpress on this site) is  put in the spotlight until 20 February 2011.

Shoji (2004) in Meermanno Museum of the Book.

More than ten years ago one extraordinary fine press book got my attention: The wood engravers of North America.

The people behind the book were Crispin & Jan Elsted from the Barbarian Press, Mission, Canada. When I visited them in Mission in 2002 I was enchanted by their way of life and high standard of bookmaking.

As wood engraver I was fortunate to be chosen by them for their Endgrain Edition.

We became dear friends and they inspired my own efforts in making books and establishing my PepelPress the same year. However, I haven’t  forgotten the deep impression of their first book on the American tradition in wood engraving. In 2004 I already had a concept for a similar book dedicated to the tradition of engraving of the department of printmaking where I graduated – University of Velico Turnovo, Bulgaria.

I didn’t have the ambition to make a ‘history’ book, rather a personal one. The idea was to assemble a volume with original prints made by my teachers, my colleagues, my students, the students of their student….up until now. Since then I have been collecting blocks from all people I knew will fit in this simple scheme.

Years passed….

And the last weekend, at the friendly house of the excellent Belgian master printer Francis Dirix in Hasselt, in his Black Box studio, the first steps to accomplishing the project were firmly laid.

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On the forthcoming PEPELpress book “word/image”

“….А сега искам да ти покажа как всъщност ще изглежда книгата (това е малък проект, но е в мащаб и само ще скочи на по-голям формат). ще си оставя по пет отпечатъка за изложбени цели, а остналите ще нарежа в този им вид.

Иска ми се и някаква много груба подвързия, която да напомня бетон….

Цялата идея се върти около динамиката на изображение/мисъл/свободна изява/двусмисленост…

 Поезията, която тези отпечатъци допълват се върти около следната мисъл: ‘омразата към хората е винаги облечена в човеколюбиви думи’ и ‘ненавистта към човека се движи облечена в миролюбиви одежди’….

Аз от години исках да направя нещо с тема ‘графити’ и ето го случая.

Графитите изразяват точно тази дубиозност на ‘свободата на израза’ бил той чрез слово или чрез образ. В графитите се сблъскват спонтанната изява на това право с тревожната двусмислена образност, не-еднозначност на посланията. Много често анархизмът надделява, ‘поуката’ е абсурдистка и всякакъв латентен вид на ‘ненавист’ към идеология, етнос, пол и прочее прозира под повърхността… и т.н. Самите текстове смятам да печатам на прозрачни хартии и просто ги налепя по отпечатъците, както афиши или други съобщение са лепени по стените…та нали става дума за ‘уличната’ изява на ‘истината’ по стените на града?”

…Here some preliminary (small!) sketches for the book. 

The direction where I am heading: I would like to make the Kopland’s poetry (Haat gaat gekleed als vreedzame mensen, Uit de bundel ‘Wie wat vindt heeft slecht gezocht’, 1972, Uitgeverij van Oorschot) as random posters on walls covered with graffiti. The verses (printed on semi-transparent paper) will be literary glued to the prints. I have chosen dubious images from my photos of graffiti which I collected for years. They must give the unsettled feel that ‘freedom of speech’ and ‘humanism’ do not always go hand in hand….