Bookplates Unbound

A printmaking project created by Gael Phillips and Wim de Vos

The Project was created to give the opportunity to thirty slected Queensland artists to make a bookplate to be published in a limited edition folio of prints.

Most are familiar with bookplates, often known as Ex Libris, essentially “from the library of”, which have a long and interesting history. Early bookplates were often heraldic and pasted with glue and pride inside the owner’s books. Many famous artists have produced bookplates and there are avid collectors all around the world. Bookplates, which typically also show the book-owner’s name as well as the words “Ex Libris” are produced in many different ways. In the 15th & 16th centuries woodcut was the usual medium but wood engraving and etching came to the fore in the 19th century.Many bookplates were printed from printer’s metal dies, having been designed by artists for their book-owning clients.In the 20th century bookplates were produced in traditional ways as well as by linocuts and silkscreen processes.Collographs and now digital prints are being bused.Bookplates are usually small in scale, related to the range of sze of books, but the images and the symbolism can be very powerful. Typically rectangular or square, circular bookplates are also effective.

More information about bookplates or Ex Libris can be found on the website of The New Australian Bookplate Society

The works will be exhibited at Studio West End, 35 Mollison Street on the 24th of November, 2012 and will be on display until the 2nd of December, 2012.