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Thank You!

Thank You!

I am delighted to share with you a sneaky peak at the wonderful selection of Artist’s Books that have been gifted to us since the fair in October. As we were funded by the arts council for the event and so were able to offer…

Introducing the team

Introducing the team

We thought it was about time to introduce the team who established this project just incase you were wondering! Our little group was started by four of us: John Clark – Writer and formally founder and Director of Bank Street Arts Sarah Grace Dye –…

Update & staying connected!

Update & staying connected!

Just wanted to put a little not in relation to the current circumstances. We will of course be cancelling all public meetings for the time being which includes our AGM and party to celebrate turning one year old and our monthly ABClub gatherings. However it is so important to stay connected and we are blessed by technology that can help us do that. With that in mind we have set up a closed facebook group so we can meet virtually, encourage, share practice and maybe carry on learning and making during this time. This is the link ABClub Facebook Group do come and join in!

This is something I’ve been working on whilst staying home and I will share more about it over in the group…In the mean time please keep safe and well until we can gather once again.

Exhibition up at Kollider

Exhibition up at Kollider

We were asked by Kollider to install an exhibition of some of the books from our collection. They were a little bit blown away by the sheer volumn and quality of what was on show during the fair (as were we all!). So last week…

Sarah Grace Dye

Sarah Grace Dye

How did you become involved with artist’s books? Years ago when I was teaching at the Arts University Bournemouth we taught a unit about artist’s books. During the unit the students learnt how to make paper and had sessions to introduce them to a number…

David Barton

David Barton

How did you become involved in artist’s books?


From 1964 until his death in December 1966 I was a student of the late Anton Ehrenzweig and began a series of what he called “Tease & Worry” books. In these notebooks, drawings, paintings and written texts were accumulated in order to explore and test ideas. Moving freely between different media became a tense, complex and rewarding way of searching for hints and clues around emerging thoughts and sensing and recognising meaningful imagery. I soon realised that images surfacing in my notebooks were primarily concerned with my own need to work and that the most meaningful imagery was not mine but, as if by accident, happened within the working process.The image as a discovery, a gift from the work, to be gratefully received, analysed, probed and tested in order to precipitate further transformation. My purpose as an artist, to continue from day to day in pursuit of the continually evolving image; keeping the contact alive.The pursuit continues – work is never still.


What is the focus of your practice?

Work is a dialogue between myself and the unconscious, in which the
unconscious must take precedence.


What are you working on at the moment?

At the moment I am working on the layout of an A4 book which will be
between 50 and 60 pages of full-page line drawings. I am also working on an A4 book of drawings and paintings which relates to
two other books already published.

Holly Serjeant

Holly Serjeant

How did you become involved in artists’ books? I did my degree in Bookbinding and Calligraphy which gave me a good grounding in techniques employed to create a range of different bindings. I’ve exhibited my work at Manchester and Liverpool Artists Book Fairs where a…

Girasol Press

Girasol Press

How did you become involved in artist’s books? Haphazardly, really. We – that’s Leire Barrera Medrano and Dan Eltringham – did a letterpress workshop in London with the marvellous Pixel Press, and caught the slow-speed bug there. We bought our letterpress, trays of type, rollers,…

Jacqui Dodds

Jacqui Dodds

How did you become involved in artist’s books?

After graduating with a Fine Art Degree, I was invited to take part in funded projects where I explored place and objects within them.  I found artist’s books an accessible way to show my printmaking work without it being in frames. Several prints can be shown at the same time with interesting juxtapositions.  For example I made a concertina book inspired by pattern at Powis Castle, near Welshpool. I gathered images relating to the diverse range of pattern in objects, textiles and the fabric of the building. Using images and memories that spoke to me the most I went on to create screen prints and blind embossings that were then incorporated into this concertina book. The book was exhibited in Powis Castle and as part of a group touring exhibition.  I made further books for projects and have also become a member of the Society of Bookbinders in order to learn more about making books and bookbinding.

What is the focus of your practice?

My practice revolves around memories of places visited and the objects within them. Images and feelings of these spaces are retraced to create an essence in print and painting. Colour is important and I juxtapose resonating colours to alter the mood of the work. I also create blind embossings, devoid of colour, requiring closer inspection and leaving subtle, visual contrasts in the paper.

What are you working on at the moment?

I’ve been researching parts of the North East coastline looking at the geology, (rocks, erosion, etc) to make some artist’s books and prints. Recently, I also visited the Cumbrian coastline and am fascinated by the patterns that the sea makes and how it erodes and leaves traces of moments in time. Research from this will also be made into artist’s books and prints, incorporating screen prints and blind embossings.

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A. Rosemary Watson

A. Rosemary Watson

How did you become involved in artist’s books? I became interested in artist’s books almost 20 years ago through a friend who created artist’s books. Over the years I visited, artists’ book fairs and attended workshops and gradually the media formed part of my practice…

Best Books by Bernard and Anwyl

Best Books by Bernard and Anwyl

How did you become involved in artist’s books? Both of us got involved through an art tutor who introduced us to the vast breadth of creative possibilities and options within the field of book arts when we were studying for Fine Art MAs.  What is…