Monday, November 22, 2010

Artists' Books Arrivals

New artists' books in the GSA Library's Artists' Books Collection:

Bertola, Carla (2010) Six x Six. Dugort: Redfoxpress

Chiarlone, Bruno (2010) Walk t Over. Dugort: Redfoxpress.

Sztuka Fabryka (2010) B/W-CLR. Dugort: Redfoxpress.

Rautenberg, Arne (2010) Yeah! Dugort: Redfoxpress.

Spence, Pete (2010) '!. Dugort: Redfoxpress.

Kivland, Sharon and Morlock, Forbes (2009) Freud and the Gift of Flowers. York: Information as Material.

Leaf, June (2010) Record 1974/1975. Gottingen: Steidl.

Boltanski, Christian (1995) Sachlich. Munich: Gina Kehayoff.

Chapman, Jake (2010) Memoirs of My Writer's Block. London: FUEL.

Bastian, M. S. and L., Isabelle (2010) Bastokalypse. Zurich: Speidegger & Speiss.

Eggers, Dave (2010) Is It Right to Draw Their Fur: Animal Renderings. San Francisco: McSweeney's.

Library Display: Bookbindings by Jessie M. King

To complement the Glasgow Girls exhibition which has just opened in the Glasgow School of Art's Mackintosh Gallery, the GSA Library is currently showing a display of bookbindings by Jessie M. King from its Special Collections. The bindings span the entire length of King's career. One cabinet is situated just inside on the Library entrance, with another on the top floor next to the Librarians' Office.
Readers can also download a complete bibliography of bindings and illustrated books by King held by GSA Library at

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Everywoman Magazine

The GSA Library has just acquired an almost complete run of the seminal feminist magazine Everywoman, courtesy of Glasgow Women's Library.
" Everywoman is a radical departure from the familiar content of contemporary woman’s magazines, which act as a conduit for advertising – urging us to love our bodies alongside advertisements for plastic surgery. The lifetime of Everywoman’s publication shows the extent to which there was a readership for an alternative periodical. The publication played a role in connecting women politically and socially, combating isolation ideologically and bringing together women who may be geographically remote from each other. For many women, such publications (see also Spare Rib, Shrew or Red Rag ) offered a rare space in which to discuss taboo subjects such as female sexuality.Similarly to Spare Rib, Everywoman shunned the glossy aesthetic of magazines like Cosmopolitan, instead replicating the style of the newsletters of the 1960s underground press, evidencing its grassroots origins.
Although a commercial magazine maintained by its readership, at its inception Everywoman was published by a women’s co-operative (owned and run by its editorial committee). Chrissie Hynde was a lifetime supporting subscriber, and Germaine Greer and Susie Orbach were also long-term subscribers to Everywoman."
Everywoman magazine can be found in the periodicals section at the rear of the main GSA Library

Friday, November 12, 2010

Project MUSE

Students, researchers and staff at GSA now have access to hundreds of further electronic journals through Project MUSE.
Project MUSE is a unique collaboration between libraries and publishers, providing 100% full-text and user-friendly online access to a comprehensive selection of prestigious humanities and social sciences journals. Alll journals are heavily indexed and peer-reviewed, with critically acclaimed articles by the most respected scholars in their fields. MUSE is also the sole source of complete, full-text versions of titles from many of the world's leading university presses and scholarly societies.
Access to this resource is on-campus only.

Critical Journaling

Gillham, B. & McGilp, H. (2007) 'Recording the creative process: an empirical basis for practice-integrated research in the arts'. International Journal of Art and Design Education, 26(2), pp.177-184.
For GSA 4th Year undergraduates opting for the new Critical Journal pathway in the Forum of Critical Inquiry, this article by Bill Gillham and Helen McGilp may be of interest. Although aimed primarily at the textiles discipline, its key findings and conclusions are equally applicable to any practitioner embarking upon creative journaling.
"A case is made for a form of narrative reporting (the Creative Process Journal) as a methodology for practice-integrated research in the arts. It is argued that this stage of research creativity, which applies in all domains of academic study but is often not reported, is fundamental to the kind of arts research which allocates practice a central role. The practical and technological character of making a CPJ, and its consequent benefits to the maker–researcher are outlined."
This article is available directly, without login, on GSA campus only.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Pre-Raph Pack

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery has the finest collection in the world of the paintings of the Pre-Raphaelites, the highly influential group of English painters who revolutionised English painting in the middle of the nineteenth century. Now the collection is supported by a range of online resources designed to lead you through all aspects of the beliefs of ‘the brotherhood’, their influences, styles and techniques.

New Library Guide: Resources for Ecology and Environment

The GSA Library has just launched a new guide to its resources for environment, ecology and sustainability. The guide provides useful library shelfmarks for topics such as air pollution, biodiversity and climate change. It also provides thematic access to the Library's ever-increasing range of electronic journals, from the International Journal of Low-Carbon Technologies to Contemporary Problems of Ecology. All in all, you'll find in excess of 50 high-quality peer-reviewed environment journals available through the GSA Library. The new guide also introduces a number of databases and datasets that can be used in environmental research, from the British Atmospheric Data Centre to Acts of the UK Parliament, and from Online Population Reports to the Energy Citations Database.

OnView Online

The Crafts Council has just launched OnView Online, it's new online gallery dedicated
to exploring contemporary craft themes. Showcasing a series of innovative exhibitions, some which start with the Crafts Council Collection, OnViewOnline is a place where objects are displayed in new ways and opinion is shared.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Glasgow Arts and Health Network

Glasgow Arts and Health Network is a networking and learning community dedicated to furthering knowledge and understanding of contemporary arts and health practices. It provides a hub for the sharing of local, national and international arts and health information, comprising creative and performing arts practitioners, architects, artists with mental health training, frontline health practitioners, health managers, , researchers, arts and medical students, patients, carers and volunteers.

Artists' Books by Helen Shaddock

We've just purchased 2 amazing handmade artists' books from GSA alumni and artist Helen Shaddock. The first uses an accordion fold structure in orange, blue and violet paper with cut-throughs revealing layers of complementarily coloured papers below, almost like a Victorian photographic diarama. The second features intricate lattices of overlapping black, orange and sky blue papers, all beautifully handcut and almost architectonic in form.
These wonderful books will become part of the Library's Artists' Books Collection, which is located in the Mackintosh Library and is available for consultation between 11 and 12 daily.