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.
The books are printed in a small edition, the numbered and signed copies by the authors are on sale at PrintSolo (printsolo.com)