Tokyo Art Book Fair 2015 and Kanna Art Festival 2015

It’s been a busy and great art time for me. I’m showing work at two locations. The Tokyo Art Book Fair and the Kanna Art Festival in Onishi Gunma.

The TABF 2015 has been a lot of fun. I’m at a table with the Art Byte Critique Group. I’m exhibiting some work from last year (Estello) and some new books that I made for this fair.

   
 

New work for this year are the 8-Fold books of poetry and illustration.

   
 I also made stab binding  books of holgaroid (a Holga with a Polaroid adapter) photos I did of Minato-Mirai area.

  

At the Kanna Festival I’m showing some pinhole camera photographs I took while snowshoeing in Zao, Yamagata.

   
 

The Kanna Autumn Art Festival runs until Sunday night, September 27 in Onishi, Gunma. Details on the Shiro Oni website.

And So It Begins: Tokyo Art Book Fair 2015

  Finally! After lots of preparation it’s set-up time for the Tokyo Art Book Fair. I’m super early because Hitoshi has a morning soccer game and if I wanted a ride I had to go early. Real early.

But I’m the first one here and I’m enjoying the quiet energy. I can’t wait to meet the other book artists and see the fruits of everyone’s hard labour.

This is the quietest it will be for the next three days.

  
Art Byte Critique is on the 2nd floor in room G-11. Hope to see you!

Dates: September 19th (Sat) through 21st (Mon, Holiday), 2015

Venue: Kyoto University of Art and Design, Tohoku University of Art and Design GAIEN CAMPUS

1-7-15 Kita-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

HOURS:
Saturday: 3-9
Sunday: 12-8
Monday: 11-7

Tokyo Art Book Fair 2015: Q and A with Karin Gunnarsson

The Tokyo Art Book Fair is nine days away. This is the second in a series of interviews with fellow Art Byte Critique members to introduce their work and talk about the show.

Name: Karin Gunnarsson (Nomura)
From: Sweden
Time in Japan: 16 months
Education: MA Photography Royal College of Art London
Occupation: Artist and Japanese Language Student

How long have you been making books?

This is the first artist book that I am showing in public. As for developing the craft I have in the past made hardcover notebooks.

What is your favorite kind of books to make?
I get a great sense of achievement in making a hardcover handbound book.

Plato's Plates by Karin Gunnarsson
Plato’s Plates by Karin Gunnarsson

Do you have favorite materials to use?
I like a book that is interesting and feel exclusive to the touch. The Plato’s Plates book is all in paper with subtle tactile variety, as this was the most suitable option for the project. But I am really fond of using a textile on the cover and a contrasting paper texture and colour for the cover pages inside.

What is the biggest challenge for you when you make a book?
Not rushing

What kind of books are you making for this fair?
I am making one hardcover handbound book in a limited signed and numbered edition and one saddlestitched simpler version of the same book. The book is called Plato’s Plates and  tells a story of transformation and transcendence through a character in a punctured paper suit.

Image from Plato's Plates by Karin Gunnarsson
Image from Plato’s Plates by Karin Gunnarsson

Do you have any advice for people coming to the book fair?
Based on my experience as a visitor last year; allow plenty of time for your visit, comfortable shoes, a strategic plan to navigate the fair and take plenty of breaks as it is quite overwhelming to see so many beautiful and inspiring books. And of course plenty of change and that extra note for that very special object of desire.

Links
https://www.facebook.com/gunakau
www.karingunnarsson.com

Time and Location Details
The Tokyo Art Book Fair is held from September Saturday 19 – Monday 21 (holiday)
at Kyoto University of Art and Design, Tohoku University of Art and Design GAIEN CAMPUS
1-7-15 Kita-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
HOURS:
Saturday: 3-9
Sunday: 12-8
Monday: 11-7

You can read about Art Byte Critique artist Lyle Nisenholz here.

Stab Bindings and Book Preparation for Tokyo Art Book Fair 2015

I’m producing way less of each type of book this year and trying out different types of books. One of my inspirations is fellow Art Byte Critique artist Marie Wintzer. Her handmade books are unique works of whimsical art. You can see her work at her site The Bookworm’s Lunch.

  

 I printed a bunch of signatures (the contents of the book) for an series of amusement park photos.  Then… what to do, what to do? I decided on a stab binding rather than simply folding and sewing. But I wanted something a little more visually interesting than the basic stab.

The blog Becca Making Faces has an amazing variety of stab bindings. Go check it out. You will be amazed. She also generously posted some tutorials. But a lot of those were too complicated. I’m starting to feel the time crunch.

I decided on a hemp-leaf pattern for the stab binding. So I found another good tutorial at amphibian.com which for some reason I couldn’t follow. It’s me not the tutorial. But it gave me a great basis to start from.

Basically a stab binding is like that game of connecting all the holes without going over the same line twice. You can go in the same hole more than once, but not the same path. My way of thinking on it became, do one half of the path in one direction and finish the path on the way back. Finish around the same hole you started in.

Maybe someday I will experiment with more patterns like Becca Making Faces but for now, I’m going to settle on this. It’s not a full hemp-leaf pattern. When I figured out how to get that done, it was too busy. The solution would be to use fewer holes but I like the way this looks.

Goal number two is to use this book making as an opportunity to do some stash-busting. I’ve been saving paper and boards and random things.

When searching for a stab-binding tutorial I found this one at Coloresque for making a stab binding with a hard cover. Since I have all the materials I thought I’d give it a go.

You can see how that experiment went on my next post.

The Tokyo Art Book Fair is held from September Saturday 19 – Monday 21 (holiday) at Kyoto University of Art and Design, Tohoku University of Art and Design GAIEN CAMPUS 1-7-15 Kita-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo Art Book Fair 2015: Q and A with Lyle Nisenholz

The Tokyo Art Book Fair is two weeks away. This is the first post of interviews with fellow Art Byte Critique members to introduce their work and talk about the show.

lyle-nisenholzARTIST: Lyle Nisenholz
アーテイスト:ライル ニセンホルツ

From: United States
In Japan: 12 years
私はアメリカ人だけど東京に12年間住んでま.

 Occupation:
I work for Tokyo City Learning Disabilities Special Schools as English Teacher
東京の特別学の英語先生

bonobobook71How long have you been making books?
From 2007
2007年から

What is your favorite kind of books to make?
The books I am making recently, minibook.
現在ミニブークの作ること一番好き

Do you have favorite materials to use?
I always like using pen and pencils on paper
紙とペンと鉛筆を好きの材料

What is the biggest challenge for you when you make a book?
Patience
がまん

What kind of books are you making for this fair?
I’m making miniature replicas of books I make from A4 size paper.  I also cut the same holes in that can be seen in the original book.
ミニブークはもとのほんのそっくり小さい復刻, それも同じ穴をあける。

Please visit my only website tokyobonobo.wordpress.com  私のウエブサイト調べてください

bonobobook75What did you learn from last book fair? What are you doing differently for this book fair?
Its best to make the the book easy so its easy to present and buy.
安くて作っているの本はいいです. それで今年の本は買って安い.

Do you have any advice for people coming to the book fair?

Its best to make a simple presentation
シンプルのプレゼンテーションのほうがいい.

The Tokyo Art Book Fair is held from September Saturday 19 – Monday 21 (holiday)
at Kyoto University of Art and Design, Tohoku University of Art and Design GAIEN CAMPUS
1-7-15 Kita-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

You can read about fellow artist Karin Gunnarsson here.

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