MAIL ART ***
ABOUT US ***
and his founder Francis Van Maele
- Born 1947 in Belgium between Bruges and Ghent
- The first pictures he made in 1958 with a Kodak Brownie were already a subject for an artist book.
- Lost 10 years working as an textile engeneer in an american company in Luxembourg from 1970 to 1980
- 1977 started learning silk screen printing in the Art Academy of Trier in Germany
- First attempts of making books with photographs and silk screen prints from 1977 to 1980 (luckily not vailable anymore).
- 1980 he founded Editions Phi in Luxembourg. The initial intension was to publish his own works.
- Editions Phi gradually became a leading publisher in Luxembourg for poetry, theater plays, litterature, essays and art.
- In 2001 Francis sold Editions Phi to the Luxembourger Newspaper "Tagablatt"
- Only a very few of the limited hand printed Editions of that time (1980-2001) are still available.
- In 2001 a retrospective exhibition was organised by the "Centre National de Litterature" in Luxembourg
- A beautifull catalogue was published and is still available and can be ordered by e-mail.
- In 2000 Francis founded Redfoxpress and moved in 2002 to Ireland, hoping this time to concentrate fully on artist's books
- In 2005 he met Antic-Ham from Korea at the Seoul book fair
- Having same taste in life and work, they produce together books under the name of
- In 2005 Francis moved to his present location in Achill Island on the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
- In 2007 he launched a new collection "C'est mon dada" with small artist's books from visual poets from around the world
Francis Van Maele
Dugort, Achill Island, County Mayo, Ireland