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Future Fantasteek! Jackie Batey

22 Nov 2011-13 Jan 2012

The Stuart Hall Library displays Future Fantasteek! creator Jackie Batey's zines and artists' sketchbooks

Future Fantasteek! creator Jackie Batey has been producing beautiful and creatively significant books, multiples and zines for the past thirteen years. Now anxiety, humour and modern living are themes that thread through her work with a satirical focus.

Batey draws or writes content for the zine on her commute to work. Themes represent the general of events from the artist’s day or week, from being irritated at broken machines, rude people, apathy and quick fixes, fake medical promises, fashion, celebrity endorsements, Christmas, to commercialism.

Over the course of a year she had built up many images; some typographic; others drawn in the form of fake advertisements or patronising advice.

She is a meticulous artist paying particular attention to written texts, design, print, paper and binding. Her books are hand worked using photography, illustration, found objects and hand lettering. She makes limited editions that vary between 10 and 50 and creates about 3 new titles per year. She has produced 26 titles to date which are held in around fifty national and international permanent collections including; The V&A Library and Tate Britain.

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