This Saturday (9th Sept 2017) I attended @CAB_2017 held at The Print Haus an independent creative community space in Cardiff. The event was described as “Cardiff’s 1st artists’ book event, [with] live music, performances, exhibitions, comic book & letterpress workshops”. I had been very excited at the prospect of this event, and despite already having weekend plans managed to rearrange things to attend, along with my husband @TallulahBass. We were greeted at the entrance with a screen printed CAB biscuit (sorry no photo – I ate it!), and were welcomed into the world of printing and artists’ books.
We chatted with Nick Hand (of The Letterpress Collective), who brought his bike with an Adana press on the back for people to have a go at printing a postcard. The bike and press have been on several long journeys including one to Mainz in Germany, printing postcards along the way. We got some useful information and tips for using the Adana press we bought a while ago.
In the main space were a selection of stalls for artists to promote and sell their work, and for collectives to showcase work by several artists. @SarahBodman was also holding a book surgery for people to come along and get advice. Having contributed to the last two World Book Night projects that she has run it was great to be able to introduce myself to her, and talk about a “cataloguing artists’ books” session I am in the early days of organising.
Two local universities also had a stall; both Cardiff University and Cardiff Metropolitan University have collections of artists’ books within their libraries, and were looking to promote these collections. CU holds a “comprehensive set of works by the printmaker and book artist Ron King, and his Circle Press” whilst CMU holds examples from 50 years worth of book art. Both collections are really worth visiting.
Throughout the afternoon were a series of performances that culminated in the Sound Book Project who created a musical soundscape utilising books and other print related objects such as typewriters. Fascinating to watch and listen to, once I got over my inherent horror at seeing pages ripped out of books.
The day was to morph into an after event party with more performances and bands, but as we were shattered from our previous night’s adventures near Hereford (which included @TallulahBass’ band Kantref playing) we wended our way home, complete with a few choice treasures in our bag, very pleased to have attended such a great event.