Forget e-books and cheap online paperbacks, Robert Gordon University’s (RGU) new library at Riverside East, Garthdee has gone back to stocking single edition hand-printed books, complete with handmade bindings and artist illustrations.
Third year Contemporary Art Practice (CAP) and Printmaking students from Gray’s School of Art have now added their selection of handmade ‘chap books’ to the ranks of the more conventional volumes which line the library’s shelves.
The students have used paper plate lithography printmaking techniques to produce the works which are all based on novels with a Scottish connection, including classic titles such as Robert Louis Stevenson’s ‘The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ and Compton Mackenzie’s ‘Whisky Galore’.
Aptly opening during Book Week Scotland (Nov 25 – Dec 1) and remaining on display until January 2014, the exhibition features a range of books that look like fans, butterflies, road maps or luggage tickets and which, when opened, tell familiar stories in new ways.
CAP lecturer David Blyth said: “It’s been very exciting for the students making these highly visual, tactile books and installing the exhibition in the new RGU library. Not only is it a highly appropriate context to view these unique works, the exhibition also affords the opportunity for our students to rehearse and present their work in public during these formative years.”
“Changing Pages” is on display at the RGU Library at Riverside East, Garthdee, until January 2014.
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