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Welcome to our press

June 8th, 2006 | Posted by David in Uncategorized - (2 Comments)

We had the opening of the Slade degree show last night, and it was a great success. Lots of people turned out and response to my exhibit seemed good. Hello to you especially if you were there, and thank you for coming. It was an exciting but peculiar event, I didn’t really know what to feel a lot of the time, or what I should be doing. Sometimes if I saw an old friend I would pop over and chat, but if I saw a member of my class, I’d make a bee-line for them. We all felt a mixture of excitement, nerves, and sadness. It was like being the centre of attention, except people didn’t neccessarily recognise you. We had a piece of red string that linked my space to Julie Rafalski’s (she worked on the nth convention book). I saw one man flick through that book, notice the thread, and then see it become invisible as it stretched off across the room. As he did so he folded his arms and a broad satisfied smile emerged on his face. I’ll remember that.  

This morning I feel a bit low, but I’m not worried about it. It makes sense to feel a bit of loss now that our class will have to disband and get on with our lives. I hope I won’t lose touch, and often I worry that now they are not obliged to hang around with me, they will not want to. I also seem to be the boy at the boarding school who has to stay there in the holidays because his parents live in Burma, as I’ll be writing my thesis these next couple of months, but the others will be gone. But I’m getting ahead of myself, I’ve got a lot of people to show round the exhibition, and there are a lot of really great things I want to study, and lots of good times yet to be had. 

Our website is now finished, as you can see, thanks to the wonderful guys at sparks who designed it. This will make it much easier for you to order things.

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The World as a Book {appendix}

June 3rd, 2006 | Posted by David in Uncategorized - (1 Comments)



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All four books that will be in the Slade degree show have been bought by the UCL library, which is brilliant. It’s good to know they have gone to a good home.

Today I had a change of plan, and the table I was making to put the books on in the show turned into a sculpture. Now I need to make another table for the books. What can I say, I got carried away.

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Two books sold to UCL library

May 21st, 2006 | Posted by David in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

We sold a copy of Nonconformist and Parideza to the UCL library last week. They will be in the stores until a more appropriate location than the open shelves may exist, but it is a superb place to archive the work so far and, anyone who has access to these archives can request a look at the books through ucl library services.

You can also come and see us and look at a copy over a cup of tea, and of course buy books online. We are keeping a couple of back catalogues to sell/donate to libraries to keep them together for free access. We’ll choose a local library when we settle down somewhere.

Preparations for degree show are driving me mad, I’m working 10am to 10pm every week day with only Sundays off! But I’ve now finished all books for the show. ‘Nonconformist’ and ‘Parideza’, and two new titles, ‘Dinocerata’ and ‘nth convention’ will be there for perusal and purchase. Also three wooden cabinets that are also books in a curious kind of way, entitled ‘the world as a book’, ‘grounds for reason’, and ‘fundament’. The show is open on 8th-14th June, 10am-8pm weekdays, 10am-5pm Weekends. On other news, I’m being interviewed for a Russian language newspaper! The connection? Russian people love books.

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Today we stood amongst other rain soaked Londoners to watch a forty foot high wooden elephant walk through Piccadilly. It was amazing, a real giant covered in liveried puppeteers. It was better than the average parade because you were given freedom of movement to follow the elephant, indeed it was a lot like a protest march.


Which makes it appropriate to mention our next release, Parideza, the pages of which are partly populated by prehistoric beasts, often the size of the aforementioned elephant. It is partly about a painting by Heironymous Bosch, and also about Medieval explorers Polo and Mandeville. Darwin also makes some appearance. Overall it is about our perception of the world. It comes as two hardbacked volumes and a pamphlet, that includes an etching, in a slipcase. It is gorgeous. It will be released on 4th June 2006 in time for the Slade degree shows.


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April 27th, 2006 | Posted by Ping Henningham in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Beach huts  Rocks  DinoGolf

hooray! Here is us by some beach huts (Cromer). Me on a pointy beach (Sea Pauling) where the waves criss-crossed and cancelled each other (I wanted to put film footage of this on, but I’m only allowed one technological advance a day it seems) and we mused that we’d never stood on the corner  of a beach before. It’s cos they put wave breakers out at sea and that’s what makes the beach crazy apparently. And lastly playing crazy golf, the craziest golf we’d ever seen. You can’t see it in this photo, but the course was mostly on “swamps”. I don’t know how this will all affect the book making, which David is back onto. The man is in the print workshop as we speak. Will keep y’all posted.

On a completely different subject – I’ve just noticed that our blog editor has a boxed ticked which says “allow pings.” Phew.

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Back from holiday

April 26th, 2006 | Posted by Ping Henningham in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

back from holiday we are. Norfolk was quite lovely, and surprisingly full of daffodils. Cheery daffs greeted us on every corner. Whole fields of yellow daffiness.

“Agreat time doing nothing.” Just sitting on beaches, playing boardgames, eating chips, me dropping the odd stitch here and there, and David flipped his way through Zizcek’s latest. We also ate a LOT of potatoes (they were being sold on every corner) and came home with 20kg. Anyone for a potato present? Hooray for spuds.

We were also visited by a pheasant, who, being both beautiful and most becomingly round, we would both quite like to taste now. He was skulking around the cottage garden nevously trying to avoid the hunt (shots in the distance).

I shall attempt to post a photo…oh no. argh. darn-o. will have to consult the husband.

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Family Holiday

April 11th, 2006 | Posted by David in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

We’re glad to see that our first book is being well received. And I’ve been working my fingers to the bone on the next release, but also my degree show at the Slade. I’ve got two kinds of blister, both thumbs are rendered useless by woodwork. We are going away on holiday, therefore, to Norfolk, so we’ll be taking Sebald’s ‘rings of saturn’ along as a kind of high-brow tour guide. But this also means the press is closed 13th – 18th April. All orders received in this period will be mailed when we get back. Have a happy easter.

To order our latest book contact (images in a previous blog).

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April 11th, 2006 | Posted by David in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Many are engaged in writing books and printing them/ Many desire to see their names in print/ Many read nothing but the race reports.                          

T.S. Eliot

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At a basic level this book is about orthodoxy and nonconformity. At a much more basic level it is a collection of 19 silkscreen prints bound japanese style with a paper cover, (16cmx21cm). There are short texts in a slightly liturgical style.

The prints are developments of wall drawings I did in a room at the Slade school in an intensive one week project. In retrospect I treated the room as a chapel, and the occupation of the room as a 16th century style land-seizure, except when I took over the room, nobody came to dispossess me, and I wasn’t struck down.

This is an edition of 13. Each copy costs £30. To buy it write to and we can arrange things by paypal or cheque or COD if you know me. Postage costs £1 in the UK, and £2 internationally.

noncon0003.jpg    noncon0007.jpg    noncon0004.jpg    Lion-Lamb

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