Vacuum Editions – Edizioni Sottovuoto
Vacuum Editions is a new no-profit project developed between London and Italy with the ambition of re-thinking the artist book as an object of art, design and communication. This idea was conceived about one year ago among a group of about fifteen graphic designers, experts in communication, printmakers, bookbinders and academics who have all been involved in making artists books.
The group is headed by:
Opificio della Rosa (opificiodellarosa.org)
Atelier InSigna (atelierinsigna.com)
Anonima Impressori (anonimaimpressori.it)
Studio Luigi Castiglioni (luigicastiglioni.it)
Renate Herold Czaschka Foundation (fondazioneczaschka.org)
Vacuum Editions|Edizioni Sottovuoto aims at raising funds to further the knowledge and appreciation of artists books and printmaking techniques.
It publishes a series of “plaquettes” ( a technical term indicating an art booklet) 28×25 cm in size, all printed by hand on Fabriano Tiepolo paper. They all contain one hand-pulled original print and some text printed in letterpress with traditional lead characters. Each new publication is by a different invited artist and features a literary text such as an extract from an operatic libretto, a traditional nursery rhymes, a poem, a contemprary fragment. For now three books are in Italian and one in English.
Once printed, bound and signed, all artists books are sealed in archival vacuum bags ( hence the name of the editions!): receiving it sealed enhances the thrill and delight of discovering what is in each new issue.
Vacuum Editions|Edizioni Sottovuoto will issue one book per season: on the 23rd of September for Autumn Equinox, the 22nd of December for Winter Solstice, 21st of March for Spring Equinox and 21st June for Summer Solstice.