Artists books

Luci Gorell BarnesI have been making books for years. Bookshed was a performance piece based entirely around my artists’ books, which you can read about on this website, and here are some of the others.

Birds wearing clothes
One day I came across a box of old books and in it I found The first Ladybird book of BRITISH BIRDS and their nests, published in 1953. It has beautiful illustrations by Allen W. Seaby and I have been adding to these, dressing the birds in jackets, hats and other garments and accessories that I feel they might wear.

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Luci Gorell Barnes

Skylark

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Starling

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Blue Tits

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Jay

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Black-headed gull

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Green Woodpecker

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Robin

Kingfisher

Janey
This book is a visual account of getting lost in the woods with my sisters when we were little. I folded the paper like a concertina so that the story could literally unfold, and be somewhere between being an illustration and a map.

Concertina book 1

Concertina book 4

Concertina book detail 4

Concertina book detail 8

Concertina book detail 7

Concertina book detail 1

Concertina book detail 6

As well as using them for this kind of work, concertina books can be very useful as something to take notes in when you are out and about. They are very simple to make, enjoyable to use and easy to display.

Example-of-concertina-book

You can download the pdf here

Escape Routes
This second book tells a story without words at all. I borrowed an idea from a picture book I had when I was a child, where the pages were cut in such a way that the image changed as you turned them. In my version, I cut and painted pages so that stairscases, ladders and cellars appear to take the reader into the next scene.

Visual stprytelling image

Visual stprytelling image

Visual stprytelling image

Visual stprytelling image

Visual stprytelling image

Visual stprytelling image

Visual storytelling image