Special Collections: Text/Image

The Text/Image Collection complements our Artists’ Books Collection, and comprises small-press artists’ books that draw principally upon the traditions of minimalism, conceptualism and concrete poetry.

Ian Hamilton Finlay & Wild Hawthorn Press

Ian Hamilton Finlay (1969) Barges (GSA Library, Special Collections)

Ian Hamilton Finlay (1925-2006) was a hugely influential Scottish artist, concrete poet, playwright, provocateur, gardener and landscapist. Artist’s books always formed an integral part of his artistic production, and he produced postcards, prints, bookmarks, ephemera, booklets and catalogues throughout his career, often under his own imprint The Wild Hawthorn Press. We hold a comprehensive collection of Finlay’s works from across his oeuvre from the 1960s until his death in 2006.

Thomas A. Clark & Moschatel Press

Thomas A. & Laurie Clark (2011) Orange Tip the Provisional Wing of Colour (GSA Library, Special Collections)

Thomas A. Clark (1944-) was born in Greenock, near Glasgow and has been publishing poetry since the 1960s. In 1973 he founded the Moschatel Press with his partner Laurie Clark, originally as a vehicle for small publications by artists such as Ian Hamilton Finlay, Jonathan Williams, and Simon Cutts. Soon however, Moschatel developed into a means for Clark to investigate the formal concerns of his own poetry. He and Laurie began to produce small artists’ books and cards in which the page becomes a framing device, and the turning of these pages a possibility for narrative. Moschatel is named after Adoxa Moschatellina, a plant known colloquially as Town Clock.

Clark’s work has always responded to place and the natural landscape, particularly around Pittenweem in Fife where he and Laurie run the Cairn Gallery, one of Scotland’s earliest artist-run spaces. In addition to his artist’s books, Clark also produces multiples and site-specific installations in galleries, gardens and landscapes.

Julie Johnstone & Essence Press

Julie Johnstone (2016) Emptiness: A Keepsake (GSA Library, Special Collections)

Julie Johnstone is an artist, independent curator and publisher based in Edinburgh. She creates artists’ books and installations that explore visual perception, distillation and contemplative experience. Through her Essence Press imprint she publishes not only her own work, but also that of other poets and artists, including Thomas A. Clark, Gael Turnbull and Alec Finlay.