Artists Books & Zines – Shop Launch
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I’ve recently launched my own independent artist self publishing venture called Miss Out Monday.

This has been in the pipeline for many years and now I’m so happy it’s finally come to fruition. Book design has been a long fascination of mine and the opportunity to now let the creativity flow uninhibited into this beautiful format is really exciting.

I’m looking to explore the formats of zines and artist’s books which will feature illustration, contemporary art and creative writing. There will be both limited editions and open editions available – and some publications to be be available for 6 months to a year. The plan is to keep everything fresh and spontaneous.

Once I have enough books produced my plan is to table as many fairs as I can to promote and connect with others in this growing DIY publishing sector. I recently attended the ‘Brum zine fest’ at the beginning of July, which was a fantastic insight into how this culture is growing. There is so much diverse talent out there and I see a bright future ahead for the independent maker.

So far I’ve launched three publications for Miss Out Monday. The first is my debut zine – Seven Crows inspired by the life of painter Vincent Van Gogh – and features a series of seven illustrations each accompanied with a short verse, illustrated with a mix of ink wash/line and digital colour. The second is a concertina artist book featuring expressive line drawings of the Bumble Bee. And the third is the first in a series called Bookmark Poetry.

The work produced is also helping enormously with my commercial work as the sense of creative freedom is indeed infectious! please do checkout the work in more detail and any feedback and comments are most welcome.

Stephen Stone
Derby, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 01332 602822

Stephen illustrates for both commercial and contemporary markets. During the past 6 years, he has been successful in generating over 35 published picture-books, working with many h… Show more.

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BA Hons Fashion Design, Masters Visual Communication
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I hired Steve to illustrate a playful non-fiction picture book for Charlesbridge called Bugs Don’t Hug: Six-Legged Parents and Their Kids. I was drawn to his use of colour and texture, and the liveliness of his characters. Throughout the process of working on the book Steve’s attention to detail was highly evident. He followed our art direction to a “T”, happily making many minor tweaks that helped us ensure the visual accuracy of the insects throughout the book. I’d be thrilled to work with him again on more books (and I hope we do!).
— Sarah Richards Taylor, Charlesbridge Publishing