Wednesday, December 26, 2007


Mail art for Anna Boschi's (Italy) project "How We were".
Photograph taken in 1969 in Belgium.
At that time we were not called hippies but Beatnicks.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Christmas eve

Small dolls' head on a stick we bought in Westport.
Of course we did some more printing on Christmas Eve:
we wanted to finish this lovely print
from Bernhard Zilling from Berlin.
We couldn't wait to see the final result.

Merry Christmas.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

fishbox screenprints

Hans Witte (Germany) Pierre Garnier (France)
David Dellafiora (Australia)
Susanna Lakner (Germany) JM Calleja (Spain)

Prints for a new edition box containing 25 works by different artists
hand printed in 69 copies
on the theme of fish

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Exhibition in Leeds

New Books by Antic-Ham and Francis made specially for an exhibition in Leeds which has as theme "From Book to Book"
This exhibition is curated by Chris Taylor and John McDowall from the University of Leeds and will be held in spring 2008 in The Leeds City Gallery.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

new project of limited edition- fish box

This print is from Tim Stampton from Ireland.
25 artists from 12 countries participate to this project
which will be printed in 69 copies.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Shaman screen prints

2 screen prints by Francis and Ham
for Wilhelm Schramm from Austria
for his assembly edition to the theme of Shamans.

Friday, December 7, 2007

new acquisitions

Who would think that in County Mayo you might find interesting hand printed books.
Yesterday we bought at Gibbons Bookshop in Westport 2 little books with woodcuts produced in the sixties by Paul Peter Piech.
Paul Peter Piech was born in 1920 in Brooklyn and moved to London where he founded Taurus Press in 1959. He was also teaching graphic design and printing.
Piech died in 1996.
Gibbons Bookshop has been taken over recently by an american, John Hurst, who is collector of fine press books aswel. It's a pleasure to have someone around here understanding and promoting artist's books and fine press editions.
Our own collection can be seen on
by clicking on title "new acquisitions"

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Mail from Australia

Today we received 35 pictures from Richard Tipping from Australia. to be published as a book "Subvert I sing" in our collection of visual poetry "C'est mon dada".
We met Richard in October at the Small Publishers' Fair. We loved his work and thought it would fit perfectly in our series of books.
Richard is poet, artist and publisher, and teaches design at the University of Newcastle in Australia.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

mail art for Sticker Dude

Mail Art from Antic-Ham and from Frantic (Fan mail)
sent to Art 101 gallery in Brooklyn
for the solo art exhibition of Joel S. Cohen (the sticker dude)

Monday, December 3, 2007

Storm in Achill

Last saturday..
Storm force winds
and 14 meter waves..
That is the winter over here in Achill.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

One day in Basel

Visiting collector Julia Vermes in her home.
Books she bought from us so far.

and in the Paper Museum from Basel.

London Artists' Book Fair

Last week end at the Institute for Contemporary Arts.
Having a cigarette outside on the Mall
with John and John
from Reassemble and from Liver & Light.

Monday, November 19, 2007

at the crossroads

red brown bog landscapes
bags of turf along the road
clouds hanging into the slievemore mountains
signs hoping to overcome the winter gail-force winds

Thursday, November 15, 2007

walk in our garden

산책 나왔다.
부드럽고 조용한 바닷가
마을 어느 집
개가 다녀간 흔적 뿐.
많은 것들이 제 몸을 숨기는 시간.
비워져 간다.

Our foot prints are the only ones.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Mail from Lucien Suel

Lucien Suel from France sent us yesterday a whole collection of his "poemes express"
to be published in our "C'est mon dada" book collection.
This will be book Nr 14 .. before that we have to finish lay out on the books from Les Coleman and Alec Finlay, both from the UK.
This picture is an assemblage to be used as cover for the book.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Fine Press Book Fair in Oxford

Last week end at the Brookes University in Oxford

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Screen printing

Today started printing an accordeon book from East German artist and friend Hans Hess.
It's an imaginary cook book. It comes in our "Blue Fox" collection.
This is the last job before starting packing .. leaving to Oxford tomorrow morning to attend the Fine Press Fair in the Brookes University.

I see sadness

"I SEE SADNESS" is a collection of hand printed silk screen prints about the sadness and loneliness in the big city. Pictures were taken in Seoul by Francis and Antic Ham and printed as collages in Achill.

18 prints are bound together in book form.
Texts are printed on tracing paper
The cover is in acryl.
69 copies

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Dugort shooting scene

Scenes of "The Daisy Chain", a supernatural horror film set in the West of Ireland, have been shot today in Dugort. This irish production is directed by Aisling Walsh and is starring Oscar-nominated actress Samantha Morton.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Bank Holiday

A beautiful grey rainy morning in Achill Island.
Antic-Ham at work.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

2 more recent books

photographs from Antic-Ham

"One Day in Venice"
Photographs from Francis Van Maele

new books

Visual poetry by Bernd Reichert and Hartmut Andryczuk

screen printing by Antic-Ham

brown paper bag

printing our paper bags.

bookfair time again

2 weeks ago at the Small publishers' book fair.
November 3rd and 4th we are in Oxford for the Fine Press Book Fair and
November 23rd till 25th at the London Artists' Book fair in ICA .

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

printing paper bags

Today we went to Westport and bought brown paper bags in 2 sizes.
Since ever we wanted to have bags for using at book fairs.
At home we quickly made a design to screen print
tomorrow on the bags.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Bizarre Cities

by Francis

by antic ham

Our contribution to the assembly zine "BIZARRE CITIES"
from Bernd Reichert, Mailworks, Brussels

Saturday, October 20, 2007

mail art call / salt & pepper

Salt & Pepper

spice in life ... spice of life

Postcard size.
Deadline 30 april 2008.
Colour catalogue to all participants.
possible exhibitions.

Send to address of your choice, or to both

Frantic Fan Mail
Dugort, Achill Island
County Mayo

Anticham (Kim Hye Mee)
Gangnamgu Gaepo 2 Dong
# 3 APT. 317-410
Seoul 135-800 / South Korea

list of participants * gallery of entries