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When making books how can decisions about different types of printing, paper, formats and binding inform the way content is read and experienced? How will you reach an audience and connect with readers?

A short video takes the print-on-demand activity at The Bower / Publication Studio as a starting point to explore a collection of artists’ books. The accompanying resource – developed by artist, bookseller and publisher Louisa Bailey in collaboration with Design Print Bind – sets out some considerations for design, production and distribution, alongside a series of prompts for use in your own self-publishing projects. The resource looks at the collaborative nature of artists’ publishing, the uses of digital and physical circulation and the role of an active community in creating a public.

Groundwerk is a monthly series of free practical workshops and resources for artists and creatives wishing to gain the skills to support their practice.


View the video recording of this session below:



Louisa Bailey is an artist, bookseller and publisher. She founded the itinerant bookshop Luminous Books in 2009 and in 2015 started Publication Studio London, part of a network of 11 print-on-demand studios around the world. Louisa is part of the publishing team at Book Works and Co-Director of The Bower, a feminist art organisation run collaboratively with Joyce Cronin in a former public toilet block in Brunswick Park, Camberwell. The Bower is a gallery, publication studio and cafe organising exhibitions and events and producing books with artists and writers on site.



Design Print Bind is the studio partnership between graphic designers Flaminia Rossi and Samantha Whetton. The studio specialises in the design and production of books and other printed matter, working in a way that is hands-on and practically experimental- exploring design through making.


Image credits:

1 – Image © Ira Yonemura

2 – Image © Ira Yonemura

3 – Image © Publication Studio


Publications featured in video:

Plastic Words, Louisa Bailey, John Douglas Millar, David Musgrave, Luke Skrebowski, Natasha Soobramanien and Luke Williams (Eds.), Publication Studio London (2015).

EROTIC MECHANICS  – mappings, Mary Hurrell, Publication Studio London/The Bower (2018)

Two Augusts In A Row In A Row (art edition), Shelley Marlow, Publication Studio London/London Centre for Book Arts (2018)

Women Against Imperialism: a catalogue of 13 posters used in protest, Brooke Palmieri, Publication Studio London/The Bower (2019)

On the Blackness of BLACKNUSS, Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts (Ed.), Publication Studio Hudson (2014)

Hail the new Etruscan, Oona Grimes, Publication Studio London/The Bower (2019)

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