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NoRoutineBooks is an independent publishing initiative dedicated to designing and printing unique fine arts books. All publications are strictly limited to 99 copies (+ some AP) with some unique elements included. The post-printing processes are finalized in NoRoutineBooks studio. NoRoutineBooks was founded by two artists Vilma Samulionyte and Gytis Skudzinskas in the summer of 2014.

Our publications have won or been shortlisted for prizes.

Recent works

Liebe Oma, Guten Tag

Liebe Oma, Guten Tag

This multi-layered book project combines images from the artist’s family archive, her own photographs and research material. Historical and personal narratives are told using visual means. By retelling her own family experience, the artist analyses global historical and geopolitical contexts and events during WWII on the border of Lithuania and East Prussia – and its aftermath today.

Leidinys [multilayered book project] sudarytas iš autorės šeimos archyvo, autorinių fotografijų bei tyrimo. Vizualinėmis priemonėmis pasakojami istoriniai bei asmeniniai naratyvai. Perpasakojant savo šeimos patirtį, nagrinėjami globalūs istoriniai ir geopolitiniai kontekstai bei įvykiai, įvykę Lietuvos ir Prūsijos pasienyje Antrojo pasaulinio karo metu. Bei tų įvykių atspindžiai ir pasėkmės šiandienoje.

  • Name of artist: Vilma Samulionyte
  • Date of publication: May 2018
  • Place of publication: Lithuania
  • Dimensions: 13×21.5×4.3cm
  • Edition size: 99 + 6 AP
  • Type of binding: staple, Swiss binding
  • Number of pages: 80 pages book, 24 pages booklet, three 48×60cm posters
  • Type of paper: Munken Print Cream 80g, Munken Pure 400g, Arctic Volume Ivory 130g, Colorplan Vermillon Ripple 350g
  • Cover: Metal Box
  • Type of printing: offset, silkscreen, foil printing, digital, digital UV printing
  • Printer: Druka, Algis Kaveckis, Elegante Press
  • Binding: NoRoutine Books
  • Publisher: NoRoutine Books
  • Designer: Gytis Skudzinskas
  • ISBN: 9786098216028
  • Price: 60 Euros

Layers

Layers

“‘Layers’ is a story about ideas and dreams and their materialisation in the physical world in the countryside of Latgalia, eastern Latvia. They are visions and plans that have clustered and ‘landed’ on the ground in an appearance of different and extraordinary buildings like lakes in Latvian tales that fly in the sky until they find their right place on the ground. Often these buildings have been built manually by their owners, without the legal planning procedures and can’t be seen in maps or plans, as if they still exist slightly above ground, only as visions in the minds of their creator. These visions, even though they have reached the ground and acquired physical shapes, keep developing and transforming affected by various circumstances, so creating newer and newer layers not only in the landscape of the countryside but also in the mental map of Latgalia and Latvia.”

  • Name of artist: Madara Gritāne
  • Date of publication: April 2018
  • Place of publication: Lithuania
  • Dimensions: 19.5×21cm
  • Edition size: 99
  • Type of binding: Japanese binding
  • Number of pages: 42 gatefold
  • Type of paper: Rainbow black 120gsm, Multi Art Gloss 150gsm, Eskaboard 3mm
  • Cover: Sirio BB 480gsm
  • Type of printing: offset, silkscreen
  • Printer: Druka, Algis Kaveckis
  • Binding: NoRoutine Books
  • Publisher: NoRoutine Books
  • Designer: Gytis Skudzinskas
  • ISBN: 9786098216011
  • Price: 22 Euros

Staged pictures

Staged pictures

“Staged Pictures is a collaborative project by Lithuanian artists, where the participating artists are ‘re-acting’ well-known characters from classical paintings, gaining a new identity and becoming the characters themselves. It analyses the relationship between painting and photography, changes the relationship between painting and reality, and is one of the first photographic performances in Lithuanian art. The photographs were created in the last decade of the 20th century.”

  • Name of artist: Audrius Puipa / Gintautas Trimakas
  • Date of publication: July 2018
  • Place of publication: Lithuania
  • Dimensions: 21×24cm
  • Edition size: 99
  • Type of binding: Experimental Hand Binding
  • Number of pages: 32
  • Type of paper: Scandia 2000 Ivory 150gsm, Kaskad Owl Grey 94, 80gsm
  • Cover: Gmund Cotton power blue 300gsm
  • Type of printing: tritone offset
  • Printer: Druka
  • Binding: NoRoutine Books
  • Publisher: NoRoutine Books
  • Designer: Gytis Skudzinskas
  • ISBN: 9786098216042
  • Price: 40 Euros

Retouch (NRB Postcard Set)

Retouch (NRB Postcard Set)

“While retouching digital images, the artist uses silver photographic paper instead of a mousepad. After he is finished he develops the paper, which reveals only the traces of manipulation and the pursuit of a perfect image. The retouched photograph itself remains invisible to the viewer.”

  • Name of artist: Gytis Skudzinskas
  • Date of publication: April 2018
  • Place of publication: Lithuania
  • Dimensions: 15×10cm
  • Edition size: 99 + 1 AP
  • Type of binding: Envelope
  • Number of pages: 10 postcards
  • Type of paper: Natural Evolution Ivory 320g
  • Type of printing: offset, silkscreen
  • Printer: Druka
  • Binding: NoRoutine Books
  • Publisher: NoRoutine Books
  • Designer: Gytis Skudzinskas
  • ISBN: 9786098216035
  • Price: 8 Euros

03

03

Gabrielė Gervickaitė: “03 is my creative reflection on the soviet times, when I was born and lived for a while. It is my intention to understand deeper which power systems are functioning now and how soviet imagery still influences the times of today. It is important to me which aesthetics and ethics were used while imaging the human body in medical books and tutorials. Comparing medical illustrations that were used in the past and those that are used now, I see forms of medical control. I analyse which ethical views and forms of power exist – what the norms used to be and which are created now.”

  • Name of artist: Gabrielė Gervickaitė
  • Date of publication: August 2018
  • Place of publication: Lithuania
  • Dimensions: 16.6×16.6cm
  • Edition size: 99
  • Type of binding: Leporello
  • Number of pages: 32
  • Type of paper: Scandia 2000 Ivory 150gsm
  • Cover: ______00gsm
  • Type of printing: offset
  • Printer: Druka
  • Binding: NoRoutine Books
  • Publisher: NoRoutine Books
  • Designer: Gytis Skudzinskas
  • ISBN: 9786098216035
  • Price: 12 Euros

Nuogirdos

Nuogirdos

Everyday aphorisms.

  • Name of artist: Ričardas Šileika
  • Date of publication: October 2017
  • Place of publication: Lithuania
  • Dimensions: 6.9×3cm
  • Edition size: 99
  • Type of binding: ???
  • Number of pages: 102
  • Type of paper: Munken Print, 80gsm
  • Type of printing: offset
  • Printer: Druka
  • Publisher: NoRoutine Books
  • Designer: Gytis Skudzinskas
  • ISBN: 9786098216004

Photograms (NRB postcard set)

Photograms (NRB postcard set)

The artist Valdemaras Manomaitis creates his photograms in a bit different way then we are used see. Normally the object is placed on a photo-paper and held in a light. After developing it we see its contour. Valdemaras Manomaitis is using light of an object itself, in this case, mobile phone. This way it transfers a telephone SMS to a paper and returns the modern technology to an analogical way of information transmitting. “Photograms” is released as postcard set and offers to send a message not in a digital form, but in epistolary way...

  • Name of artist: Valdemaras Manomaitis
  • Date of publication: June 2017
  • Place of publication: Lithuania
  • Dimensions: 15×9 cm
  • Edition size: 99 + 1 AP
  • Type of binding: Spiral binding
  • Number of pages: 21 postcard
  • Type of paper: Natural Evolution Ivory 320 g.
  • Type of printing: offset
  • Printer: Druka
  • Publisher: NoRoutine Books
  • Designer: Gytis Skudzinskas
  • Price: 15 Euros

Photoobjects

Photoobjects

The works of Arunas Kulikauskas are like everyday notes and diaries of different experiences. He creates an intimate picture of his surrounding by capturing domestic, work or travel moments. Later these images are polaroid-transferred onto simple everyday objects found at home, in the yard or wherever he is. In his work he refuses any kind of importance to exaltations, events or subjects. He is always focused and respectful towards the photographer’s craft. This book as well as his photography are created while trying to highlight the idea of handcrafted work, the individuality of each piece and authentic experiences in everyday life. The pages of the book are individually torn apart and each cover is uniquely created by the artist.

  • Name of artist: Arūnas Kulikauskas
  • Date of publication: September 2017
  • Place of publication: Lithuania
  • Dimensions: 15×17 cm
  • Edition size: 99 + 1 AP
  • Type of binding: Coptic Stitch binding
  • Number of pages: 72
  • Type of paper: Munken Print 150 g., Plike Bordeaux 330 g.
  • Cover: Oak
  • Type of printing: offset, silkscreen
  • Printer: Druka
  • Binding: NoRoutine Books
  • Publisher: NoRoutine Books
  • Designer: Gytis Skudzinskas
  • ISBN: 9786099563893
  • Price: 150 Euros

Scenos / Stages

Scenos / Stages

Glance at Lithuanian 21st century Typological photography. Boox compiled according the exhibition at A. Moncys house-museum in Palanga. Box contains five singer bind books by Lithuanian photographers and artist working in the field of contemporary visual art. Plus a laporello with documentation of the exhibition. Each book presents one series of each artist. “Spaces” by Dainius Liskevicius [2001], “Shelter for Painting” by Alvydas Lukys [2008/2014], “60 Monuments” by Vilma Samulionyte [2012-], “Backgrounds” by Gytis Skudzinskas [2011-], “Faces and Figures” by Darius Žiūra [2008-].

  • Name of artists: Dainius Liškevičius, Alvydas Lukys, Vilma Samulionytė, Gytis Skudžinskas, Darius Žiūra
  • Date of publication: March, 2017
  • Place of publication: Lithuania
  • Dimensions: 16×19×3,5 cm
  • Edition size: 99 + 1 AP
  • Type of binding: Singer binding
  • Number of pages: 5 books in total 132 pages (16 – Dainius Liškevičius / 24 – Darius Žiūra / 24 – Gytis Skudžinskas / 28 – Alvydas Lukys / 28 – Vilma Samulionytė / 12 – leporello – exhibition documentation, text)
  • Type of paper: G-Print 170 g., Arctic Volume White 130 g.
  • Cover: Box
  • Type of printing: offset
  • Printer: Druka
  • Publisher: NoRoutine Books
  • Designer: Gytis Skudzinskas
  • ISBN: 9786099563862
  • Price: 60 Euros

Tada / Then

Tada / Then

The book reveals photographs taken in between 1985 – 1995 (last decade of the Communist regime in Lithuania) which where used as a visual material and inspiration for paintings. In the photographs, we find surreal Soviet-era surroundings. The constructive look of the author purifies the Soviet architectural landscape towards the symetric compositions ant turns them into certain sculptural compositions. The introductions essay by philosopher Leonidas Donskis “Started and unfinished reality” fits few possibilities for interpretation. First, photographs are showing unfinished remains of the totalitarian system, and on the other hand, those sketches are becoming pieces of art in their own right.

  • Name of artist: Algis Griskevicius
  • Date of publication: October, 2016
  • Place of publication: Lithuania
  • Dimensions: 21×24 cm
  • Edition size: 99 + 1 AP + Silver gelatin print span(15x12 cm.)
  • Type of binding: Experimental binding
  • Number of pages: 64 + 16 (gatefold)
  • Type of paper: Munken Print 150 g., G-Print 115 g.
  • Cover: Beermat Board 500 g.
  • Type of printing: offset
  • Printer: Druka
  • Publisher: NoRoutine Books
  • Designer: Gytis Skudzinskas
  • ISBN: 9786099563855

Burning slides

Burning slides

Touched by the flame, images retrieved from strangers’ archives change their structure. The nature and urban scenes they originally depicted mutate into abstract glimmers of parallel worlds. Creative rather than destructive, the flame expands the borders of perception and interpretation of these images, opening up paradoxical depth in their surface seemingly out of nothing.

  • Name of artist: Aurelija Maknyte
  • Date of publication: June, 2016
  • Place of publication: Lithuania
  • Dimensions: 15×16,5 cm
  • Edition size: 99 + 1 AP
  • Type of binding: Experimental binding
  • Number of pages: 48
  • Type of paper: Arctic Volume Ivory 150 g.
  • Type of printing: offset
  • Printer: Druka
  • Publisher: NoRoutine Books
  • Designer: Gytis Skudzinskas
  • ISBN: 9786099563848

Invisible images

Invisible images

While combining personal and archival material and drawing references from the experiments in social psychology carried out by Solomon Ash, Stanley  Milgram and Philip Zimbardo, this is a tale of psychological reality experienced by an individual upon encountering and ultimately losing one’s identity in the social environment.

  • Name of artist: Ieva Balode
  • Date of publication: April, 2016
  • Place of publication: Lithuania
  • Dimensions: 18×18 cm
  • Edition size: 99 + 1 AP
  • Type of binding: Experimental binding
  • Number of pages: 32 + 12 pages leporello
  • Type of paper: Munken Lynx 115 g., G-Print 130 g.
  • Type of printing: offset
  • Printer: Druka
  • Publisher: NoRoutine Books
  • Designer: Gytis Skudzinskas
  • ISBN: 9786099563831

Some thesis on photography

Some thesis on photography

Skudžinskas’ creative methodics and philosophy can be identified as a certain metaphysics of photography or even radiology of photography. He has no interest in the image as such; what is central in his work is the innards of the image, the underlying principles of its functioning, or its placement in a wider contextual system. Skudžinskas often abandons any physical artefacts of photography entirely by substituting them with the signs of a different kind-for example, texts. Preview book on Issuu.

  • Name of artist: Gytis Skudzinskas
  • Date of publication: December 2015
  • Place of publication: Lithuania
  • Dimensions: 15×18 cm
  • Edition size: 99 + 3 AP
  • Type of binding: Swiss binding
  • Number of pages: 104
  • Type of paper: Kaskad Fawn 130 g., Multi Art Silk 150 g., Munken Pure 130 g., Cyclus Offset 140 g., G-Print 150 g.
  • Type of printing: offset
  • Printer: Druka
  • Publisher: NoRoutine Books
  • Designer: Gytis Skudzinskas
  • ISBN: 9786099563824

Nails

Nails

These are forty photos depicting bent and no longer useful nails; with the folding of the photos, the nails are seemingly given back their functionality. By retaining the size of the object photographed and revealing the variety of forms, an archive of useless things is being created.

  • Name of artist: Evelina Kerpaite
  • Date of publication: 2015
  • Place of publication: Lithuania
  • Dimensions: 15,5×17 cm
  • Edition size: 99 + 3AP
  • Type of binding: Leporello
  • Number of pages: 48
  • Type of paper: G-Print 150 g.
  • Type of printing: offset
  • Printer: Druka
  • Publisher: NoRoutine Books
  • Designer: Gytis Skudzinskas
  • ISBN: 9786099563817

Album

Album

Album is formed from found photographs. Images have lost their original function (memory). To be more specific, no one remembers what is depicted in these photographs and why these images were created. The most understandable signs on photographs are notes and time left marks on the backs of found images. The reverse of photographs in the installation and the book eliminates the primary function of the non-verbal message. Only notes and time affected surfaces allow perceivers to interpret the “invisible” story. But you always know that there is something else. Preview “Album” on Issuu.

  • Name of artist: Gytis Skudzinskas
  • Date of publication: 2014
  • Place of publication: Lithuania
  • Dimensions: 17×18,5 cm
  • Edition size: 99 + 1AP
  • Type of binding: Traditional Japanese book binding
  • Number of pages: 48
  • Type of paper: Munken Pure 80 g.
  • Type of printing: offset
  • Printer: Druka
  • Publisher: NoRoutine Books
  • Designer: Gytis Skudzinskas
  • ISBN: 9786099563800
  • Each book comes with one original found photograph.

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