Heavy Time Books have for a long time been one of our favourite short-run book and zine publishers. Rob Cordiner reached out back in 2011 expressing his appreciation for our work and enquiring about stocking Catalogue Library titles in his former shop Parts & Crafts Autozine, Melbourne. Parts & Crafts was an amazing store, operating out of an old mechanics garage, selling a very well curated selection of zines, books and apparel. It’s with this ethos that in 2012 Rob, along with Ed Davis and Todd Jordan, set up Heavy Time and translated this delicacy of curation into self-publishing. So, it’s with much mutual appreciation that we asked them to take some photographs and answer some questions about their space(s), work, friendship, hatred, life, love and the glamorous world of self-publishing
Catalogue: You’re skateboarders, artists, photographers, graphic designers and book publishers from Australia and the USA, how the hell did you all meet?
Heavy Time: Basically Heavy Time started as an amalgamation of The Heavy Mental (Ed and Todd’s online mag) and Smalltime Books (Rob’s publishing thing). Universal magnetism brought us all together. Some soul sonic force ish. The internet played a part too. Shout to the www. And Skype. We were able to finally all get together in reality for the NYABF 2015 which was the best time.
C: As a dynamic, is it difficult working from different corners of the world? Has it thrown any spanners in the works?
HT: It’s not difficult in that our relationship is nothin’ but love, which conquers all. But it can be a tricky in that everyone has a lot on their plate most of the time, so trying to spots those gaps in timezones and projects can be a hustle. Like right now Todd’s MIA in the crush-zone somewhere.
C: Do you think your connections through skateboarding, or just skateboarding in general has helped acquire peoples work you want to publish?
HT: Some links to skateboarding are definitely present. We wouldn’t say it’s the backbone of it though. We guess things started with a kind of inner circle and worked outwards from there. We’re always looking out for new people. LinkedIn as mate.
C: You work with a range of different artists, one of our favourite books you’ve published is our friend Teddy Fitzhugh’s ‘Club Archive’ which has since sold out. We like pretty much everything you’ve done. Do you have any favourites? Or any in particular that you didn’t think would happen, and then happened?
HT: You guys. Teddy’s was a special one. It felt like an important moment in time to capture. But they’re all important. No favourites. We don’t publish anything that we don’t have strong feelings for. Manute (Shonting)’s amazing K.O.T.C just came to mind randomly – the riso ink never dried on that one – 80 pages of metal on hand staining paper. The party never ends.
C: Rob, the images of your space seem quite concise, clean and considered, especially with the stock, quite different to Ed’s, which evidently has some impressive books and artwork. Do you both have separate live/work spaces or separate studios from your homes?
HT: It’s actually very shambolic. Rob just cleverly took photos of the cleaner bits. Ed and Rob are working from home studios like De Niro’s girlfriend in Heat. Todd operates on the road like Mad Max.
C: Your new book ‘Rats 2’ is available to pre-order, with some amazing contributors including Cammile Vivier, Coley Brown and the man Hassan Rahim. How did the impressive list of contributors come about? You’re likeable guys, does that help? It must do…
HT: Yes! we’re psyched on it… we’re super lucky to have such a crew involved. Each time you publish something it expands the horizons a little. Ed has a great email voice too which helps.
C: We also saw a Riso knocking around, do you guys print and produce all your Riso work yourself? Trim, bind, staple and fold?
HT: Yeah that’s Rob’s. We’ve done about half of our titles using that Riso, a saddle stitcher, our very own hands. We started outsourcing some Riso work at busier times to our friend and riso wizard, Xavier – he does some insane stuff with it. Last year we also started utilising an Indigo digital press for titles that didn’t really suit the Riso. We try to not be tied to any one way of doing things.
C: It looks like you own a bunch of work of people you have collaborated with, do you guys often trade work for work? Or even if you haven’t collaborated, if you appreciate someones work, do you reach out just to link? That’s how we met and it’s pretty romantic.
HT: It’s all about the trade. It’s all about linking up with dreamboats like you guys. Coming up to 5 years this Friday.
C: You’re going to be at the New York Art Book Fair 2016 next to some pretty hard-hitters at your booth, do you go every year? We remember you were selling books along with Braindead, which seemed to work well…
HT: Yeah we’re next to some hot heads from London. We’re also set next to Braindead this year. We’ve only posted up at one NYABF previously but had signings/launches at others thanks to 8ball and friends. It’s an incredible, mind boggling thing to be a part of in any way at all. Thanks to Shannon, Jordan and the Printed Matter team for making it exist.
C: Can we do a book together soon?
HT: Yes. But only if you’ll help us locate Todd.
C: OK thats probably enough for now, thanks for sending the pics and for answering these questions, let’s grab a beer in NYC!
HT: Hold tight the Catalogue.
Words by Catalogue, Rob Cordiner, Ed Davis and Todd Jordan
Images by Rob Cordiner, Ed Davis and Todd Jordan