Monday, 26 May 2014

May 2014 // Artist's Book Workshop ISSP

I was selected to participate in a 5 day practical bookmaking workshop with Nico Baumgarten in Riga. And of course I enjoyed it. I can now experiment with stitching pages together, making hardcover books, and perhaps even flirting with the idea of self-publishing...
I also attended the talks held by international photobook experts and flickred some marvelous books during the Self Publish exhibition held in Riga

Here is more info about the workshop: 

Artist's Book Workshop

3-7 May 2014 (5 full days) in Riga

During this workshop, the participants will transform a series of previously created artworks - be it photography, illustration, graphic art, written word or any other medium - into a handmade artist book.
Handcrafting a unique object or limited amount of copies gives us the possibility to go far beyond the form of the books we see on bookshop shelves. Not every story is linear, not every series of pictures requires pages of the same dimension. The idea behind this workshop is to find a smart translation of your work into a creative paper-based object and learn the skills necessary to execute that transformation.
We shall start the workshop by letting our imagination go, getting inspired by children's books, photobooks, book sculptures and whatever you bring along. We will elaborate an appropriate concept for every work, starting from editing and sequencing the images in a layout, and proceeding with the practical execution of the created concept. Every participant will end the workshop with a unique handmade book or object.
This workshop will leave you prepared (depending on your personal objective) to either present your project in a sophisticated way, self-publish your book in a limited edition, prepare a book for a print-on-demand service, or present it to a publishing house.


Nico Baumgarten (DE, 1981) is a freelance photographer and bookmaker trying to find a way out of the limitations of the editorial and art market by creating books. He has studied photography at the IDEP in Barcelona and bookbinding at the CFP Bauer in Milan. He has self-published three books, all handmade in limited editions: 'Berlusconians / No Berlusconians' (2011), 'Leer' (2013), "ma almeno ci sei tu amore mio" (2013). Nico has taught photography and bookmaking workshops in Berlin, Riga, Caracas, Rio de Janeiro and Amsterdam.
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