The event last Saturday started with a talk by David Jury. He spoke about some of the various collaborations he has worked on. Having studied and taught design, David enjoys working with text and traditional letterpress using it in a variety of modern layouts. The image above shows an example of his collaboration with Pete Kennedy. Pete was also present and entertained everyone with one of his unique performances of apulhed. Alongside the performance visitors were also treated to a glimpse of his beautifully illustrated books.
The high quality of work on show highlights the diversity being produced within the book arts community- from the beautifully crafted work of Dr Paul Garcia, exquisite hand made paper s by Mandy Brennan, the magic pen drawings from Chrissie Nichols (inkpotandpen), to Caroline Penns intimate small books. When exhibiting it isn't always possible to get around to see all the work on display so there were others I glimpsed but unfortunately didn't get to speak with the artists! Various demonstrations followed in the afternoon by Batool Showghi, Sumi Perera, Tracey Bush and myself before sadly the day came to a close! A huge thank you to the organisers for bringing the event together.
I have been sorting and selecting work to take to the Society of Bookbinders Book Arts day which is on Saturday 6th April. The event includes guest speaker David Jury as well as a variety of book artists displaying their work.
I will be taking a number of works produced over the past several years, as well as showing some sketchbooks. I wonder if this is the right description for them as I often use them to record background information to the particular 'theme' I may be working with. They are more like journals combining drawings, quotes, articles, referances, and all manner of information!
I prefer to use handmade sketchbooks or books bought from fellow book artists. The selection above were made by Lola Swain. I couldn't resist her beautiful hand marbled papers. I have to say it is a joy having such beautiful books to work in. A peak inside the blue one on the left reveals drawings which formed part of the research that led to the 'The Great Gathering"
The red book in the middle is nearly complete. It records information relating to what I consider might form an "an ark for our time". The work was initially inspired from an old drawing of my son's and my interest in the global seed banks ( Svarlbard and Wakehurst). The sketchbook incorporates an ancient flood story, and thoughts about how this continues resonate in the present age (ie rising sea levels and climate change). Having read several articles about declining crop diversity, I decided to use seeds as my focal point.