Pointless Flipbook!

There's this artists books calling for entries exhibition by We Love Your Books and their theme this year is POINT. I decided to make a pointless book about Pointless, the tv show. It's a game show that I absolutely loved when I first moved to England. Here's a snippet from wikipedia:
Contestants must give answers to questions which previously have been asked to one hundred members of the public with the following criteria:
  • each surveyed person is given 100 seconds to give as many answers as possible, rather than just one answer
  • only correct answers are considered
  • the contestants' aim is to find the answers thought of by the fewest surveyed people, rather than the most

  • I made the book really simple since it's a flipbook. The animation of the flipbook is the Pointless bar counting down to zero, which either means an increase in prize money during the show or if you're in the finals, you win the game + the money. The binding fabric is this beautiful Japanese silk book cloth, it's shiny purple and blue at the same time, reminds me of the Pointless show's color scheme. Front cover. Title of the book, "this book is..." Back cover. Content. Click here for a view of the book in motion. So I can save on bandwidth. The gif is kind of large and choppy... it's hard to record with no tripod. Edition of 10. Currently editioning. I got an email today saying that I have been selected for the exhibition so yay! So did my friend Kathryn Poole, she does these amazing pointilism drawings of insects and preserved body parts. Here's the link for the selected entries, there are some amazing books in this! Click for Point entries!

    Artist’s residency at Merz Barn

    I went on a 10 day artist's residency to Kurt Schwitters's Merz Barn in Elterwater, Cumbria with people from my MA course. It was interesting. We chopped our own firewood, so that was new to me. Merz barn. One of the cottage there. The resident rooster with a rabbit. Beautiful Elterwater. ----- Works done in Merz barn: We did a group installation in the cake room of Merz Barn. There were a lot of dry wood and logs, so we sawed a bunch of them and baked cupcakes and put them on top. When there were visitors, we made tea and coffee for them while they toured around the barn. -- There's a stream that flows through the land in Merz Barn and me and a couple other girls made a bunch of paper boats to flow them down the stream. We filmed the boats and took lots of photographs, here's a selected few. Haven't processed all of them yet. Little boat traveling... Into the boats graveyard. -- Brought portable printmaking supplies, did lino while I was there. It's just easier. Since there were a lot of moss there, I made moss paper out of moss and newspaper pulp! That's why they are so grey and as for why they are round... I had to use a strainer like so: Close up. I wanted to make use of local resources, so I got some rocks and made a merz book out of it. Again, using local resources, this book is made out of the handmade moss paper with some lino prints. Turkish map fold merz book. Back. Opening. Completely open. Side view. Close up side view. How it's made: Printed then folded. Printed the back as well. Glue drying. Another thing I did is making moss paint with moss and buttermilk to make a graffiti like form play. Technically, you're suppose to maintain it for couple of weeks to make sure the moss grabbed on and will continue to live on the wall but we didn't have enough time, I hope it's still there. The wall with the moss growing paintbrush on the right. Close up. More close up.

    Home 10/22

    I wanted to make a book that I can keep as a physical reminder of what I had that was lost, mainly of my childhood. The house I grew up in in Taiwan had distinctive heavy wooden doors, I remember as a kid, I hated opening those doors to go home because they were just too heavy for a kid. However, those were the doors that opened up to a family, a place to rest and sheltered us in our house. We also have these traditions in Taiwan and China where we burn paper money or paper houses for the deceased so they can carry those things with them into their afterlife, while I do not necessarily think this piece is my offering for the dead but more so an offering for what I have lost and like I said, a physical reminder of what was once there. There are images printed on top of the paper in white ink further gives the feeling of what was once there and it's all fading. It is really difficult to photograph the white on white but in some areas you can see more than the others. That's the book in the sleeve. Coming out of the sleeve. You can kind of see the images on there, just barely. Close up. More close up, you can kind of see the texts here. This is my colophon page with title, technical specs and a white pencil mark of the edition number. There's also edition number and my signature on the back of the sleeve, also in white. Each panel has Japanese paper glued on the back that alludes to the traditional Asian doors but not quite it. Book information: Title: Home 10/22 Date created: April 2013 Technical specs: White lithographic ink on fabriano rosapina with Japanese paper (gampi paper) Dimensions: 6cm x 15cm x 1cm Edition of 10. Availability: Sold out

    Berlin Zine! + 2013 Project

    I posted about my Berlin zines a while back (they're still not really zines) and I am still not done making them. It took me ages to cut all 160 sheets of paper then folding, gluing, pressing and finally sewing. I have 4 of them done in time for the Bristol Artists Book Event this weekend, I will be there on Saturday with UCLan Drawing and Image Making! Dimensions for the book: 18 x 16 cm, roughly 1 inch in thickness (I like to mix my units.) It's a double sewn accordion book with 44 pages on each side, so 88 pages total (lucky number.) The book contains photographs that I have taken during my trip in Berlin and most of the photos were taken whilst being lost in the city. They kept telling us that our destination is just around the corner but it never was just around the corner and more like an extra hour walk. One side contains touristy attractions and buildings, the other side contains their street art, which is my favorite side. You can just about see the sewn thread here. You can also use it as a slinky. It's an edition of 10 and this is 8/10. I'll be selling these for £20 each. ----------------------------------------------------- I submitted my Berlin zine for Cafe Royal's 2013 Project and was accepted! The private view was on April 16th at the Hanover Project Space. The show will be on until May 8th. I managed to take two photos during the private view, there are better photos on CR's website. Drawings. Bookshelf containing great books/publications. I still haven't managed to go through all the books yet. You can see my book on the bottom row, sixth one from the left. The funny thing is, my book got rubber banded, haha, or else it would've slinky-ed down the shelf. Really makes me question if I should have packaged/presented it in a different way. I have to admit that's my weakness some times...