Welcome to Unseen Sketchbooks

Unseen Sketchbooks are a UK based bespoke publishing house producing limited edition books with designers, illustrators and artists. Each limited edition publication focuses on the work of a designer, artist or musician and looks at creating new and unseen work from their archives. The editions are all short print runs and often involve special print techniques, covers or prints.

Unseen Sketchbooks was set up to offer an alternative route to publishing without the constrictions of mainstream publishing. 

Want to work with us?

We are interested in hearing from other designers, artists and musicians who have an archive they would like to explore as a book edition or print. Use the contact section of the website to find out more or direct message on Instagram @unseensketchbooks

Where the sun falls to the ground by Emilia Dragosz

‘Where the sun falls to the ground’ looks at the work of Warsaw based artist Emilia Dragosz, a graduate from the Faculty of Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków. Through her work she attempts to connect to a more spiritual state and explores personal relationships. Her realistic paintings, using traditional oil painting techniques on cotton or linen canvases, always start with a photograph.

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UNS Where the sun falls to the ground Emila Dragosz Poland
David Shillinglaw

Everything starts in a sketchbook
by David Shillinglaw

‘Everything starts in a sletchbook’ explores the work of UK artist David Shillinglaw. The very personal nature of David’s sketchbooks reveal of the sketchbook isn’t just a place to doodle, but a place to develop and nurture ideas.

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Rhythm and Trace
by Benoit Sjöholm

‘Rhythm and Trace’ presents the work of French artist Benoit Sjöholm through a visual tour of his sketchbooks and finished works. The emphasis is on the rhythm and pattern of his works and the traces they leave behind.

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Six/Seis
by Jesús Cisneros

We have been working Jesús Cisneros on a new book exploring his sketchbooks. The book is broken into six sections, themes, series, memory, exploration, accidents and fiction. The book contains an interview with the Spanish illustrator in both English and Spanish.

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CHAOS/PATTERN
by Ed Merlin Murray

‘CHAOS/PATTERN’ is a look into the sketchbooks of Ed Merlin Murray. Limited edition lay flat bound and taped edge book with screen printed cover.

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Edition 5 Chaos Pattern Ed Merlin Murray
Erik Kessels Let's get shitfaced, it's free

Let’s get shitfaced, it’s free
by Erik Kessels

Kessels collated a series of images as a form of digital sketchbook which have been interpreted into a new book by designer and Unseen Sketchbooks collaborator Chris Bigg.

 
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Skotchbook
by Jim Stoten

Skotchbook by Jim Stoten, a selection of pages from his personal sketchbooks, which he keeps in his coat pocket at all times and has done for the last 10-15 years. Jim draws it in every day.

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Skotchbook by Jim Stoten
Unseen Sketchbooks Edition 1 deluxe wrapper

Analogue Process
by Chris Bigg

Analogue Process is a book exploring the work of designer Chris Bigg who is known for his work for Record Label 4AD including recently working on The Breeders artwork and videos.

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Artist Designed T-Shirts

Our T-Shirt Collection is a collection of hand screen printed unique artist designed t-shirts, modelled by the artists themselves.

All our t-shirts are climate neutral made from 100% combed organic cotton which is incredibly soft next to the skin.

Manufactured using purely renewable energy from wind and solar power.

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Supporters

Supported by G . F Smith, Gemini Press and University of Brighton Creative Futures
 
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