I had the pleasure of attending a public lecture recently, Lee Shearman: The Micro Library.
Lee, who graduated in Fine Art from the University of Porsmouth in 1998, shared the highlights and some cautionary tales from his career so far. His work encompasses, illustration, photography, animation, video and sound. He has been involved in residencies, workshops with children, students and refugees, managing an artists’s book shop and book fairs. You can find out more on his website.
As a librarian, I am interested in his work with zines and books. A recent adventure, The Micro Library, enables Lee’s and his collaborator’s work to reach many different audiences. The books vary in subject matter reflecting the contents of a ‘real’ library. The thing that unites them all is that they have been made using one sheet of A4 paper. Lee uses his knowledge of book binding techniques to transform them into beautiful little cloth bound books in slip cases. His creations take him to book fairs, illustration events, craft and comic fairs. The highly transportable Micro Library has been a successful part of his career and we look forward to seeing more books from the Micro Library soon. If you would like to take a closer look, you can see the University Library’s small collection in the display cases in the library atrium. Just ask a member of library staff if you would like to take a closer look.