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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 –…

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…

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 this was installed in a beautiful old vitrine on level 2 of Castle House, Sheffield. If you would like to see the exhibition for yourself do get in touch and we can organise a time as the area is not regularly open to the public. For those of you who can’t come and see it in person here are a selection of photos instead. Enjoy!

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…

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 shared love of book art has been an inspiration to me.

What is the focus of your practice?

I restore treasured old books on a daily basis. I love the thought that these books provide a window to the past while often going on to outlive their author or owner. In contrast I use decorative and marbled papers, leathers and bookcloth to create new bindings of varying shapes and structures.

What are you working on at the moment?

I’m in the process of designing some little instructional books & kits to encourage others to experience the joys of book arts.

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…

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 as a means of expression 

What is the focus of your practice?

The majority of the bookworks form part of a larger body of work concerned with notions of memory, exploring a personal response to and a forming a record of the constantly shifting and multi-layered nature of memory of a particular place, in which wishful beliefs, imagination, hard facts and dreams blend and blur over time into a personalised version of history. It is a process that is continually explored developed and refined as the memories themselves constantly reshape and reform assuming greater or lesser significance, in which the memory has been reduced over time to an abstraction of line and space, the memory-image formed by light falling across blind embossed paper.

What are you working on at the moment? 

The current bookworks form an aspect of an ongoing, open-ended, print-based project researching the inter-relationship between the 2-dimensional printed image / the book format and the sculptural form by means of hand-cutting and folding 2-dimensional prints to create artists books and book objects.

www.arosemarywatson.co.uk

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…

Peter Knight – The Common Press – Crich

Peter Knight – The Common Press – Crich

How did you become involved with artist’s books?  I’d always been interested in books and illustrated books in particular. I was developing my work with a strong printmaking approach and discovering historical work by George Cruickshank-( see The Tooth-Ache, 1849) and other historical graphic artists.…