I'm very excited to see this dummy of Calvariae Disjecta, the book I have been designing for the artist and academic, Robert Williams. Calvariae Disjecta: The Many Hauntings of Burton Agnes Hall focuses on one of the most ubiquitous of English ghost stories, The Screaming Skull of Burton Agnes Hall. Drawing from his extant library and decades of research, Robert Williams re-presents references to the story from more than 100 popular sources that extend across more than 150 years. The project, conducted in collaboration with cultural sociologist, Dr. Hilmar Schäfer, echoes the transmission of the story as quoted text, oral tradition and downright plagiarism, as it draws together the many references across time to a story that tells us as much about cultural and historical representations, as it does a lurid tale of murder, grave-opening, and screaming skulls.

The book is being printed by Allander, Edinburgh, on Munken Pure 120gsm with a cover of Colorplan Smoke Grey 135gsm lined over 2250 micron board. The book is being bound by Charles Letts & Co. in Dalkeith, a company best known for producing diaries.

I'm looking forward to seeing the finished books in a few weeks but at the moment I'm enjoying the purity of this ghost book with no cover design and no content.

Next of Kin Poster, Inverness Museum & Art Gallery

A4 poster designed and illustrated by James Brook for Next of Kin, a National Museums Scotland touring programme commemorating the centenary of the First World War across Scotland through a touring exhibition, learning programme and online resources.

Find out more about Next of Kin here 

Platform: 2016 Leaflet

Platform: 2016

Published by Edinburgh Art Festival, 2016

Designed by James Brook

Leaflet | 210 x 148 mm – flat size 210 x 592 mm | 8 pages
Printed by Allander, Edinburgh, on Cocoon Offset 100% Recycled Paper

This is the leaflet and logo I designed for Platform: 2016, the second year of a new Edinburgh Art Festival initiative 'intended to showcase Scottish artists at the early stages of their career'. Six artists – Calum and Fraser Brownlee; Dorian Jose Braun; Paloma Proudfoot and Aniela Piasecka; and Jack Saunders – were selected from an open call by Rachel Maclean, Ross Sinclair, Mary Watson and Festival Director Sorcha Carey.

Platform: 2016 was on show at the Festival Kiosk, 9-11 Blair Street, Edinburgh EH1 1QR from 28 July – 28 August 2016.


Curatorial Practice Degree Show Leaflet

MLitt Curatorial Practice (Contemporary Art) Degree Show Leaflet 2016

Designed by James Brook for Glasgow School of Art, 2016

420 x 297 mm folded to 210 x 148 mm
Printed by Allander, Edinburgh, on Cocoon Offset 100% recycled paper

Find out more: MLitt Curatorial Practice (Contemporary Art)




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