There have been many book related art projects in recent times but The Postal Book Project 2012 aims to take it a step further. Set up by two artists based in Brighton and Oxford, the project aims to rescue old, damaged and perhaps unloved books and give them a new life by revitalizing and reinventing them.
This project hopes to capitalize on all forms of art by giving individuals the opportunity to work with books in a way they have never done before.
On completing their section, the artist will post the book to the next anonymous artist or pass it onto a friend. In doing this, we hope to breathe fresh life into the books and the postal service through engaging with other artists all over the country and maybe the world.
Expected to finish in 2013, this is a long term project which will culminate on each book being exhibited online, in full. It is a project for anyone who wants to celebrate and engage with books in a new way.
It doesn’t matter what your craft or how good you think you are at it, we want you to engage with these books in any way with any media.
Each book will be sent out with no bias and you may recieve more than one throughout the length of the project.
When you recieve a book, we’d love for you to check it in on Twitter so we can map out each book’s own journey and let everyone know how they’re getting on.
You will be allowed to work with a book for up to a week. Depending on the length of the book you may be allowed to fill numerous pages or just one.
You may contribute in any way. We only ask that your contribution is a response to the book itself. You might take inspiration from the cover or the content, or maybe just the font or a single word on a single page. Perhaps you’ll respond to the book as a physical object or let your mind run away with ideas about the books themes.
The only restrictions are:
- that the book can be closed enabling it to sit on a shelf and strong enough to be manhandled.
- you may not remove or alter any previous work
Once you’re done, you can either pass the book on by hand or request to send it onto the next anonymous address.
We are looking for enthusiastic artists, illustrators, photographers, doodlers, daydreamers, book lovers, those who tweet, bloggers and Facebook users: anyone who would love to work with these books and tell the world about it!
It’s easy to get started. Just visit our blog, Facebook or Twitter and tell us why you’re interested! If we like you’re style, we’ll get back to you with everything you need to know about how to receive, work on and pass on a book.
Even if you don’t want to be a book contributor, you can still help! Are you a tweeter, blogger, social media buff, web designer, content provider with a love for books? Perhaps you’d like to help us spread the word or help us with our web profile.
To express an interest of any kind…. Tweet: @PostalBook2012
By providing your address to the project, you acknowledging that it will be passed to another participant anonymously in order to fascilitate your participation. If you wish to recieve a book more than once or more than one book, you acknowledge that your address may be passed anonymously to more than one other participant.
Your address will not be used for any other purpose and we will act responsibly to protect your privacy.
All the books will remain the property of the Postal Book Project. Artists retain the rights to their works but acknowledged that their work may be used by the Postal Book Project for promotional purposes for future exhibit without further permission. Your submission of work will be deamed as an acceptance of these terms.
All work submitted in your name must be your own. However, you may collaborate to produce a contribution. Just let us know so we can credit everyone properly.
Artists will recieve notification of the use of their work for promotional and exhibition purposes. By submitting your work to the project, you acknowledge that it may be used for promotion and exhibition even in the event of your resignation.
We reserve the right to request the return of any book at any time.
A copy of each book will be made available online once all have been returned and filled with arty goodness.
There will be no formal charge for participation in the Postal Book Project. However, you will be expected to cover the costs the P&P when you pass a book on.
You will be notified of your success by email and may accept or decline a place on the project then.
You may choose how many or how few books you engage with.
You may remove yourself from the project at any time. However, you will be expected to return any books you may have recieved or are expected to recieve at the time of your resignation. You will also be expected to cover the costs of this.
Abuse: Any abuse of the project will not be tolerated and will imediately negate your participation in it. If you suspect the project has been abused in any way, please report it to: firstname.lastname@example.org