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Visceral Language: A Phenomenological Approach to Contemporary Letterpress-Printed Artist’s Book Practice in the UK

Centre for Fine Print Research, University of the West of England, Bristol BS16 1QY, UK
Arts 2019, 8(4), 151; https://doi.org/10.3390/arts8040151
Received: 24 September 2019 / Revised: 7 November 2019 / Accepted: 11 November 2019 / Published: 15 November 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Artists’ Books: Concept, Place, and a Quiet Revolution)
The decline of commercial letterpress printing and technological advances in industry were major influential factors with respect to the establishment of independent small presses in the United Kingdom (UK). Although unlike work from commercial, private or fine press printers, utilisation of the letterpress process embedded a phenomenological approach to artist-led publishing where physicality and experience of using the letterpress process was reflected within the practice of making artists’ books and printed matter. Major concepts and inclusion of tools, equipment, technologies and studio methods used in historical small publishing practice can be considered in relation to today’s practitioners making letterpress-printed artists’ books to understand how skills are learnt and developed to support the evolution of a reflexive approach within contemporary practice. View Full-Text
Keywords: letterpress; printing; artists’ books; haptic; phenomenology; bodily knowledge letterpress; printing; artists’ books; haptic; phenomenology; bodily knowledge
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Butler, A. Visceral Language: A Phenomenological Approach to Contemporary Letterpress-Printed Artist’s Book Practice in the UK. Arts 2019, 8, 151.

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