Wednesday, June 29, 2011

An article in the Irish Times, about new publishing formats

Read the article about flipback books in the Irish Times.
It is interesting how book formats are adapting to the way people are used to read now.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Zine Fair poster

Here is the lovely poster Sarah Bracken sent me for the Zine Fair, I have a larger jpeg of this image if you want a copy, to post, blog, share or steal it here...just pass it on Tinderboxers

Photography possibilities for the Gods and Monsters zine

                                            Trapped monster
                                               Sealing the monsters
                                             Upside down world
                                           Tortured nature

Hi guys. Here are somo possibles for the new zine, wanted your opinion. I found it a bit difficult to come up with something that would be related to the subject by taking a photograph but I hope I achieved it a bit with  these. The third photo 'Upside down world' is an old one and my other version of it that I posted here before is in black and white. I've tried adding colour to it to give it a kind nuclear doom type of feel but I've just started using Photoshop Elements, don't know much about how to use it and it could probably be improved. What do you think? The other three photos I took during a walk into town last week and I had the Gods and Monsters theme in mind. The first one might be a bit silly actually. I was in a Butlers cafe having my latte and I spotted this stain on a light on the floor that looked like a kind of cutish monster (at least to me) so I took a photo of it. I got some funny looks, ha, ha, people must have thought I was a bit potty (and they wouldn't be far off...) The second one is manhole cover with the symbols that indicate that's been sealed so that nobody can get out of it from below. I've noticed a lot of these around the time of Obama and the Queen's visit and they fascinate me. I had a better photo than this but it was portrait format so I took this one and brought up the colours to make it more interesting (hopefully) for the zine. The 'tortured wood' one I took in the Iveagh gardens. There's some dead wood there with great shapes. I changed the colours to bring out some red and I think it looks pretty shocking!
Well, give me your opinions. May be two or three could be selected for the zine, although I could still try to do something better... Would each image take up a page with some text underneath, or would the writers you were talking about write a text about it on the page next to the image?
About the funding, thanks for that sheet Elida! I've printed it out and will try to do something with it. I was actually thinking of offering to take portraits of my friends in exchange for whatever money they want to give towards it. I've just emailed Blackrock Market and hopefully I'll get a spot on Saturday the 16th of July. I could bring some of the old zines there. And finally, remember I have a little cash from the last market available...

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Ponoko - you design they build it

I've been looking about for where one might get laser cuts done and came across this website, you design it and they'll source a maker to bring it to life, from a one off piece to a hundred, just click on the link its a pretty neat site!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Gods and Monsters of Tomorrow - sponsorship sheet


Here you have a sponsorship sheet I made with Eoghan's help (thank you!). In it, a few ideas to shake your friends, family and dogs for a bit of funding for the next Tinderbox publication!

You can download it, print it and use it to get funding ideas, to track the money you collect and to show your friends you are not going to drink the money they give you but it is actually going towards printing a book!

Good luck and oh! it would be fantastic to see pictures and hear stories of those fun-ding events.

Monday, June 20, 2011

A new work

A new work with flowers from my paper garden.
  I hope you like!

Friday, June 17, 2011


Hi Tinderboxers

1.Elida and myself had a meeting yesterday about the quotes we got from printers. 500euro seems to be the benchmark for a 32 page, double sided colour printed booklet for 100 copies, thats 5 euro a book. Paper stock, as we are printing digitally seems to be a stumbling block but we have sourced printers that can give us something that is not on bloody god awful glossy stock.  So each page could work out quite costly for a person, 500 divided by 32 is 15.65. The number of pages maybe come in under that but realistically it will be around that amount. This is just printing cost. We wanted you guys to be aware of want costs we are encountering. 

2. So costs of course led to..... 
Funding. We looked at a web site called Fund-it, which has a very interesting premise, you set a taggert amount and pitch your idea for your art project in a video on line to get funds. It sounds perfect but when I went through the red tape it just sounded a bit of a quagmire. For one thing they asked for credit card details and will debit said credit card of the funds for 22 days, IF, you reach your target,  at which point they refund you. So forget that, we can have our own Fund It type project. The premise of a pitch is a good one, so pitch it too your friends, family and patrons. A Tinderbox event or mini events will be needed. Maybe Mini events can help in your own funding our help the group. Myself and Elida made a list yesterday of things, within reason and the law you can do. Elida will post on this. Please!!! throw out ideas for funding. Ok thats enough for now. 

Stuxnet: Anatomy of a Computer Virus

This is a pretty nifty infographic video on a pretty scary subject that fits in well with the 'Gods & Monsters' theme.

Stuxnet: Anatomy of a Computer Virus from Patrick Clair on Vimeo.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Solstice Cork

Hi Guys,

I'll be in Cork this weekend taking part in the Solstice event, which will have art, performance, theatre and much more besides. Some of my work is being exhibited with the other visual artists involved, too many to mention. All details can be found at the website:

If any of you are around, pop in, I will be there from Sat. to Mon.


Friday, June 10, 2011

future sounds from future people

Hi Guys,

this is my friend Cian Corcoran's end of year project. i'll honestly say this is probably the only time you'll get to see it, as its quite likely that government will try and make this boy disappear. or steal his brain for secret testing.

all the best,

your pal mr steve mccarthy

Wednesday, June 8, 2011


How'd ya like them apples! Thanks to Jane for the post on the 
stalls available for the Zine fair in August in Ranelagh. I emailed Sarah Braken
and she has marked us down for a table. Hopefully we'll have a sweet Zine to sell
Here are links to Sarah's own website, she's a zine publisher. 

Tuesday, June 7, 2011


This website is the bomb yo, it has so many great things from serious art books to the art of the Zine. Maybe some more inspiration could be garnered here. There are brilliant links too, for independent publishers, on-line independent book stores, artists who love book arts and their sketch books. Here's the link check it out,

looks interesting !!!!

I just spotted this guys , I would love to do it can someone organise it ??

jane x

It was on the visual artists Ireland email.

Call for Zines/Artist Books and Independent Publications

On Saturday 27 August the Ranelagh Arts Centre is hosting a zine/independent publishing fair. There will be over 20 stalls full of artist books, zines, comics, and D.I.Y. /independent publications. The event will be accompanied by live music provided by band Gypsy Rebel Rabble and will be followed by a screening of a zine documentary with popcorn.

A full table is 20 euro, half a table is 10 euro. Act fast as the stalls are booking out quickly. If you would like to have a stall at the event, please contact Sarah Bracken at

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Lost in a digital city [white on black]

Another member of the growing family of drawings with words in them.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Tinderbox Zine 6 Deadline

Hi guys thanks for the feed back on the brief. The deadline for the zine is set at 30th of June. Please, Please  have work ready for then please. One month, times a ticking!

Janusz Kapusta Exhibition

I think a few of you would be interested in this exhibition.
It is on at the Centre for Creative Practices, in Pembroke Street, until June 12.
He has been a regular illustrator for the New York Times since the 80s.