Collaborative books



The purpose of this action is to develop awareness of the potentialities of artists books in educational and research practices .Through sharing visual notes in artist sketchbooks educators develop other forms of interactive learning processes, in the edges of identity and collective spaces.

The project srarted with Teresa Eça Emilia Catarino and Anabela Lacerda in 2005 , the artists started to make the first collaborative books during that period inviting their friends to participate. Later on they connected with the Group C3 from Santiago de Compostela who were also working on artist books. Together they prepared an action   for the InSEA European Regional Conference in Limassol, Cyprus, in June, 2012, where they conducted  a practical workshop in the conference to develop collaborative sketchbooks with InSEA members. Forty books were manufactured for that purpose by craftsman in the Portuguese bindery  devagarseencadernalonge of the ASSOL Association . People from devagarseencadernalonge were very proud in making sketchbooks for art educators. The books were distributed to the InSEA participants of the workshop in Limassol, and they took them away to start a drawing chain in their countries. ASSOL people also participated in the drawing chain. 12 books were returned .

Collaborative books , 1sr Edition (2012) 

TT with Pancho Matias and the bindery devagarseencadernalonge

40 books


Dr.Li-Yan  explaining the concept of the collaboraive book to her students, Taiwan, 2014.


During 2012 another book was created for the a Drawing Mouvement in Portugal called ‘Para Que Conste’ , the books were left in public spaces of Lisboa, Portugal  and Goiana Brasil such as libraries; restaurants, cofee shops; schools, where people could draw .  In June 2013 the same bindery created the C3 Canterbury Book to be shared with the 2013 InSEA European Regional Congress organizers. In 2014 a special book was created for an action :  the  Wurzburg BOOK    at Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg, Germany. 


wurzburg book



During 2014/ 2015 a special book in progress  was created and elaborated  in several cities using the International situacionist strategy ‘derive’ or walking tour to awake the senses and  spirit to the details of  landscape.

derivas book

Collaborative books , 2nd Edition (June  2016- January 2017) 

TT with Pancho Matias and the bindery devagarseencadernalonge

40 books



Rui Alex


Collaborative Books :  Third Edition  Setember 2016-  September 2017) 

TT; Pancho Matias , Raquel Balsa; Rita Antunes; Angela Saladanha, etc.

The third edition is a work in progress . 23 artists were invited to make a collaborative book with a community of their choice.  The books will be assemblend in January 2017 for an exhibition at Quinta da Cruz, S. Salvador, Portugal. The exhibition curated by TT,  Angela Saldanha, Raquel Balsa  and  Rita Antunes and  will stay between  7th January 2017- 7th March 2017 , during this period the artists  will make workshops for  the exhibition room.

The exhibition will also include collaborative books from the first  editions.


Estrella Luna








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