At first As Yet Untitled existed only as an idea.
Then, when we first started publishing arts journal Elbow Room, As Yet Untitled existed as a sentence on the back page.
With every one of our publications As Yet Untitled grows.
And with this growth has come success. We’ve attended book fairs, been picked up by bookshops, had our work placed in special collections at Tate and elsewhere, and run our first competition. Spurred on by this, we have decided it is time to start doing more.
Creating innovative new books with the exciting artists and writers we have met through Elbow Room provides the perfect opportunity to take As Yet Untitled to its next phase. We are now at the beginning, making plans, having conversations and lining up an award-winning selection of collaborators. Each one will bring a new perspective to the publication of limited edition, handmade, collectible artists’ books.
What is an artists’ book? It can be almost anything. At its core it is the book as a piece of art. A book for which form and structure express meaning, and the object itself is as important as content.
At the heart of our plan lies a desire to tell stories. We want to do this in as many ways and forms as possible. Books and storytelling have long gone hand in hand; our books intend to explore this relationship, telling new stories and examining how narrative works.
As an independent press we need your help to make this plan a reality. We need funds. Funds to do all the unusual, experimental and extraordinary things we have planned. In supporting As Yet Untitled now, you are investing in the very foundations of the press. Every penny raised will be spent on buying the equipment and materials necessary to run a publishing house that specialises in unusual, challenging and fantastical books.
Hand-making books requires specialised tools, from bone folders to embossing machines. It needs particular ink, specialist paper and bookbinder's thread. Every book we make will need something different to bring it to life. Your support will not only ensure the publication of our first new books, but will allow us to continue making book art for years to come.
Every book, every story, every volume of Elbow Room, will be different, unique, handmade, limited edition pieces of art that embrace everything wonderful about the book. Without you these books will not make it into the world.
In the first year we plan to release books by Ella Chappell, Rosie Sherwood, Zelda Chappel and others. A pledge today is an investment in not one, not two, but countless pieces of book art. Thank you.
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More about our 2016 collaborators:
Ella Chappell was born south of Manchester in 1990. She attained both the BA and MA degrees in creative writing at the University of East Anglia. Her poetry has been published in various online and print magazines including Elbow Room, The Lighthouse, Ink, Sweat & Tears and Belleville Park Pages. Her filmpoem, Rolling Frames, made in collaboration with a choreographer and filmmaker, won the Southbank Poetry Film Competition, Shot Through The Heart, and has since been screened at many film festivals internationally, winning multiple awards. Most recent projects include a collaborative audio/poetry piece featured at the 'Conditional Expressions' art exhibition at the STCFTCOTS gallery in Leeds, and 'Disruption', a poem that opened the RCA MA 2015 fashion show, following a year-long cross-medium collaboration with a womenswear student.
Rosie Sherwood is an artist, independent publisher and scholar. She has developed an interdisciplinary practice incorporating book arts, photography, the comic book, sculpture, text, and art theory. Sherwood’s intention is to make art that tells stories: emotionally, conceptually and physically. Her creative research is currently focused on theories of time, identity and emotional mapping. Sherwood’s work can be found in special collections such including Tate Library and Archive, The National Gallery of Scotland and the State Libraries of Victoria and Queensland, Australia.
Zelda Chappel grew up in London and the South East of England. She is co-curator at Elbow Room. She writes, often on the backs of things and never in black ink. Her work has been published in a number of publications both online and in print. Zelda has been shortlisted in a handful of competitions and in 2014 won the Battered Moons Poetry Competition. Her first poetry collection, Girl in the Dog-Tooth Coat, was released in 2015 with Bare Fiction.
Risks and challenges
Working collaboratively on the publication of a book, from the inception of the idea to its release, is a slow process and one with risk. What if something changes midway through? What if the idea doesn’t work? What if it takes months longer than expected? Every project has its own unique challenges and running times.
These are all questions we have asked ourselves in planning this next phase for As Yet Untitled. The answers are simple.
We plan to work on multiple books simultaneously. Some of the books we are planning are in their infancy. Others are ready, with release dates lined up and awaiting your pledge so that they can go to press. Elbow Room is released quarterly and our volumes for next year are almost completely full.
Working in this way will ensure that even if one project takes longer, or an artist find themseves in a creative rut, the press will not suffer. We will have other projects to keep working on.
Making books is a creative process, and we would love you to be a part of that, risks, challenges and all.
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