Safely Infer, detail.
View Safely Infer and twenty other books in the portfolio section.

Featured Content: Whistling Copse

The Whistling Copse series of books on the portfolio pages concern an incident near Bath where a gamekeeper was shot by a poacher in the early years of the twentieth century. The books Twelve O'Clock Wood, Under the Wire and Safely Infer use images to explore notions of property, food and folk customs, and the epistemology that informs both the evidence of ownership, and the proofs offered thereby to prosecute theft, or, as is the case here, murder.

Different notions of place and use inhere in the worlds of poacher and owner, and in the truths offered by forensic epistemology and folk history.

The Whistling Copse books are my attempt to work with these ideas, through images of the landscape, its inhabitants, creatures and products, and through imagery adapted from contemporary newspapers and catalogues of hunting and shooting equipment.

An ongoing project, Whistling Copse raises themes that will continue in my work for some time to come.


Welcome to www.andreweason.com. I make artist's books. I write about them too. You can view lots of my work on this website.

I have also included resources including a large links directory, and a calendar of book art events that you can subscribe to.

research and professional engagement

I graduated with a Ph.D. in 2010 on the subject of artists' books, enititled Becoming What the Book Makes Possible: Aspects of metaphorisation of identity and practice in artists' books, examining aspects of how the practice of working with artists'books affected artists' creativity and ideas of the roles they were playing in the artwork's creation. (You can download the thesis here)

I subsequently graduated with distinction from an Information and Library Management MSc in 2012, gaining a professional qualification in the libraries field that brought together aspects of my interests in artists' books, mediation and creativity, and the history (and future) of the book. (My MSc thesis was about the use of artists' books in libraries and how users encountered them, relating to how the disruptive 'surprise and delight' artists' books offer can help engage library users' critical awareness and information literacy.)

I hope eventually to work professionally in the library field, (I have been employed in libraries in various settings since 1998) working with artists' books in academic and public settings. Most recently I was engaged as a research consultant for SWRLS - the South Western region Library Service - investgating an aspect of specialist stock acquisition and usage.

Personal reasons mean that I am not currently (Spring 2013) able to pursue major changes in my employment or home base, but I remain interested in professional and creative development opportunities. Please do get in touch if you have an opportunity you think would be of interest to me.

Thanks for stopping by.

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Octavo Fika

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Part of Book Week Scotland, Octavo Fika is an open-submission book exhibition that will probably be of interest to book artists. Kalopsia embrace textile as a form of artistic practice, and their interpretation of this apparently includes the ‘textile’ of expression over the passage of a book work. The cross-over isn’t unusual – Helen Douglas’ practice is strongly rooted in her knowledge of and experience of textile working, and the practice of integrating interpenetrating strands of material over a continuous surface fairly begs for textile metaphors, (even though the same sentence just as usefully describes the narrative endeavour). The ‘narrative’ theme here might pull some of those threads together. I’m particularly fond of the fact that this is taking place as part of a larger nationwide event where people can celebrate a lot of different facets of books. (I think the influence of Alistair McLeary’s Book History way of looking at things might be informing the multifaceted approach the Scottish Book Trust are taking…)

Anyway – open entry, part of a big event. I haven’t been able to find out exactly where it’s happening yet (Update; it’s on at The Colour Room,  68 Henderson Row, Stockbridge, Edinburgh Nov 25th-Dec 2nd)

Excerpt from their info below:

“We are looking for textiles, art, graphic design, photography, illustration and written words etc.

The only rules are: It has to be your work, and it have contain a narrative.

The book can be 2 pages, hand-made, mass-produced, a publication, 5000 pages and so on.

The exhibition will take place between November 25th and December 2nd as part of ‘Book Week Scotland’ 2013.

DEADLINE for submissions: Friday September 27th

All submissions are FREE,however, successful submissions will pay a one off charge of £25 (a discount will be given to all past successful submitters, please contact us for further details) which will help go towards the transporting of the books, the renting of the event space.

This is a great opportunity to show your work to a much wider audience and raise your exposure as a creator without having to worry about the any of the difficulties of putting on an exhibition, or of making and transport large scale pieces. All you need to do is send us a book.”

Octavo Fika

Kalopsia contact: info@kalopsia.co.uk

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book of the month


A wind-miller has the duty to grind the meal so that the people living nearby can sell the produce they give him to grind and, indeed, so that they can earn their daily bread. Having had no wind to work with for weeks, and suddenly having some chance to do his work, he is tempted, even though he fears a storm. Should he risk the powerful machinery he is in charge of against the unknown? It may destroy him and the mill in the process.

In Turndust, I was able to use the windmill as a complex metaphor to discuss this in depth. Linguistically, wind-milling offers a range of interesting terminology that help give the writing texture and a specificity that helps me to distance the explicit description of visual events, cloaking them in language. Visually, the structure of the windmill itself is full of wood, beams, gears and a sense of a structure built to withstand enormous forces. A windmill is “built like a tank”. But the windmill also contains the means of its own destruction.

reviewing opportunity

Every month I will feature an artists' book in this column. At the moment I am featuring my own. If you would like me to feature one of yours, with a very brief review/description, please get in touch.


I have decided to speak from the book, the place of my making”

Helen Douglas