The Forum in Norwich City centre was alive with the buzz of conversations for two days as visitors to Turn the Page Artist Book Fair, gently moved around the stalls taking their time to browse, and speak with exhibitors about their work. Coordinated by Rosie Sherwood, the event included a wonderful variety of book arts - something for everyone. Visitors were warm and engaging and willing to think about books in their broadest sense from the traditional skills of bookbinders to a variety of beautifully illustrated limited editions, letterpress, calligraphy, poetry and sculptural pieces.
I am always delighted and amazed at the unexpected chance encounters that these occasions create. Alongside conversations about art, and books, I have met scientists and amateur enthusiasts who are willing to share elements of their passion in response to my work. This is a privilege and reward enriching my own (albeit limited) knowledge. It is why I love working with book structures - they have the ability to appeal to such a wide audience.
A selection of artists work from the show can be viewed on the Artbookart website but here are a few casual shots from the two days.
Setting up nice and early on Friday morning.
The event starts to attract visitors. "Connecting Threads' dominates the room.
A young visitor is eager to explore up close!
All set and ready for the day - Helen form the Subversive Unconsious Collective.
Absorbed in conversation.
A delighted visitor surprised by books made from Fruit on Dizzy Pragnall's table!
Wonderful to see the group 'seven' and Ali Bournes. Thanks for travelling up from Essex
I am also part of Bookscapes Collective.
Bookscapes is a group of six artists that have developed a group practice specialising in site specific interventions and exhibitions.