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Drawing to a Close

Tuesday, 8 March 2022

The final step in making your handmade Artists' Book of The Blackbird is the graphite drawings that come folded inside. 

These are taken from life drawings recording a game of Hide and Seek. The paper I am using is vintage Architect's paper my father brought home from the council department in the 1980s; something that happened whenever an Architect's details needed updating. The kind of paper…

Latest on Japanese-style Hard Cases

Friday, 26 November 2021


The Blackbird Artists' Book editions are tantalisingly close to completion. Recently we did a lot of work on the cases, which was broadcast on our social media channels. This included making Japanese style hard cases.

Remaining steps

  1. Unique drawings included in each copy
  2. Covering with the black card covers 
  3. Signing by Claire Allen


We will return to…

Further Delays: 2021

Wednesday, 6 January 2021

Effect of School Closures

As you will know, we planned to complete our handmade editions in November 2020. An easily achievable deadline based on previous projects. Unfortunately, successive school closures have compelled us to become de facto teachers and we have had far fewer hours in the studio than normal. Tasks have also been done solo when two hands would have been quicker. We are very…

Early bird books take wing!

Tuesday, 21 July 2020

International and UK regional supporters' books are en route now. London books will be delivered between 27th and 29th by cargo bike.

As for the rest of the world, books will be coming out from @NBNi_books from the beginning of August!

Welcome To Our Studio!

Saturday, 11 July 2020

This week we have been foiling covers in our debossing press, which uses an etched die to stamp a design:

There have been slight Covid delays, but the books are on the press and will arrive in the week of the 20th of July!

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Publication date: 30 June 2020
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