Road Less Travelled Press was initiated by Tamara Rabea in spring 2021 as a framework towards a collective publishing practice, mutual exchanges, and collaboration.

    The core idea: to explore acts of protest and kindness in public space. How do individual and collective action link and grow, both rooted in agency and interdependence? 

Working in pairs, groups and workshops, with photography, dialogue, archives, libraries; and other approaches as they emerge in the specific context. 

    Through collective learning and publishing, the press’ aim is to generate and circulate narratives of agency and social change.
 
︎ Collaborations, contributions
︎ Reading groups, workshops
︎ Collective publishing



CONTACT
︎ Email [contact form]




TAKING THE ROAD LESS TRAVELLED?



SOURCES, RESOURCES


Collective making & independent publishing

Read & download publication Making and Being which offers a framework for teaching art that emphasizes contemplation, collaboration, and political economy. Authors Susan Jahoda and Caroline Woolard, two visual arts educators and members of the collective BFAMFAPhD*, share ideas and teaching strategies that they have adapted to different spaces of learning.]

Metabolic Studio explores self-sustaining and self-diversifying systems of exchange that feed emergent properties that regenerate the life web. Currently running a series of Interdependence Salons  on Zoom. “A declaration of interdependence must be followed by a practice of interdependence. Achieving this interdependence takes both seeing and doing, both vision and action. A new collective vision is needed, centered and prioritized around the common good and community.”]

Co-conspirator Press are a testing ground for new, critical thought, invested in creating democratic print projects including books, pamphlets and other documents. Co-conspirator Press are continuously working towards more equitable publishing models, allowing the opportunity to abundantly support the writers, designers, printers, editors, and artists that they collaborate with.]

Sold Out Publishing attempts to diversify and decolonise, publishing underrepresented references in the field of graphic design - by publishing toolkits, essays, manifestos, exercise books and many other multi-faceted mediums.]

Rabbits Road Press is a community Risograph print studio and publishing press founded and run by OOMK. The small-scale publishing press is based at Old Manor Park Library and provides printing and book binding services for artists and community groups in Newham and beyond.  

PRESS PRESS is a publishing initiative that aims to shift and deepen the understanding of voices, identities, and narratives that have been suppressed or misrepresented by the mainstream. PRESS PRESS’ ‘Toolkit for Coopeartive, Collective, & Collaborative Cultural Work’ is available to read and download.

Artist & designer Prem Krishnamurthy writes a periodic newsletter with artistic tools and strategies for social transformation.  The commune reading list offers a long list of helpful books.

EYESORE collective publish, organise talks, a publishing fair, exhibitions, screenings and workshops; all underpinned by a commitment to documenting and communicating experiences of the built environment.


Printing & book making

Community print shops, community arts and advice centres
https://textb.org/t/radical_spaces_edit/

Riso Printing

Rabbit Road Press, community publishing
https://www.rabbitsroadpress.com/

Page Masters, run by Justin and Jordan
https://pagemasters.co/about

Footprinters Coop, Leeds
http://www.footprinters.co.uk/contact/

Offset Printing

Aldgate Press Coop
www.aldgatepress.co.uk/about/

Calverts Coop
https://www.calverts.coop/

Digital Printing

Digital Imprint, family-owned book printing company. The free sample pack is brilliant - simultaneously a printing glossary and step by step guide to preparing your print file; printed on a  range of papers.
https://digital.imprint.co.uk/

Good Press' amazing & long list of printers
http://goodpress.co.uk/print-resource-1

Bookbinding

Bookworks, London
[workshops, talks]
https://bookworks.org.uk/

London Centre for Book Art
[book binding tools, workshops and materials]
https://londonbookarts.org/

Center for Book Arts, New York
[workshops, talks]
https://centerforbookarts.org/about

Shepherds, London
[book binding tools and materials]
https://store.bookbinding.co.uk/store/






Circulation & distribution

Active Distribution - distributor of pamphlets
https://www.activedistributionshop.org/shop/12_past-tense-publications

Antenne - distributor of artist/ self-published books https://www.antennebooks.com/

List of Book Fairs
https://photobookjournal.com/resources/book-fairs/

London Bookshop Map, site created by Pedro and Kake to map all bookshops in London
https://londonbookshops.org/

Good Press was formed in order to provide a space to support the promotion, production and sale of independent publications.
https://goodpress.co.uk/

Patreon lets your audience become active participants in the work you make by offering them a monthly membership.
https://www.patreon.com/

Dog Section Press publishes Dope and is s a not-for-profit publisher and distributor of seditious literature, and a worker-owned cooperative. DOPE is funded through Patreon
https://dogsection.org/press/

Art Resources Transfer
https://www.artresourcestransfer.org/duc
The Distribution to Underserved Communities Library Program (D.U.C.) distributes books on contemporary art and culture to public schools, libraries, prisons, and alternative education centers nationwide, free of charge. D.U.C. books create access to the arts and literacy these institutions could not otherwise afford to acquire. To date, the D.U.C. has placed over 496,484 free books in 8,785 public institutions across the country.

Archives collections, libraries and online platforms on protest & independent publishing

MayDay Rooms, London
https://maydayrooms.org/
https://maydayrooms.org/leftovers/

Four Corners Archive, London
https://www.fourcornersarchive.org/

Bishopsgate Institue, London
https://www.bishopsgate.org.uk/archives

LCC Zine Collection, London
https://lcczinecollection.myblog.arts.a.uk/

Glasgow Zine Library, Glasgow
https://glasgowzinelibrary.com/

Interference Archive, New York
https://interferencearchive.org/

Monoskop, wiki for arts, media and humanities
https://monoskop.org/About_Monoskop

Artists Books Online - online repository of facsimiles, metadata, and criticism
http://artistsbooksonline.org/index.html

The Anarchist Library
https://theanarchistlibrary.org/special/index

Radical Libraries Collective - list of libraries
https://rlc.radicallibrarianship.org/radical-libraries/