There seems to have been a flurry of interesting altered books, artists books and bookbinding activity lately in Dorset and beyond. Here's a round up:
Back in October I shared news of photographer Robin Hutt's open studio exhibition Dawn and Dusk: the Fairlight End Garden Journals. Robin commissioned a series of Accordion Sketchbooks to display some of the work, combining images with handwritten text to stunning effect. Much to my regret I was unable to visit, but Robin kindly sent me some pictures of her exhibition and I'm pleased to share them here with you.
See more exquisite images in their full, utter glory at Robin's website.
And thank you to Robin for generously sharing the images here - what a treat and inspiration to see how you have used the Accordion Sketchbooks and to get a glimpse into your studio.
All images copyright © Robin Hutt, 2015.
If Robin's work has inspired you, you can buy Accordion Sketchbooks in a variety of colour ways and sizes or get in touch to discuss a bespoke commission for your project: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you find yourself in or near East Sussex over the coming week you might like to visit Robin Hutt at Fairlight End, who is showing her photography work in Dawn and Dusk: the Fairlight End Garden Journals, a PhotoHastings open studio exhibition.
Robin chose my Accordion Sketchbooks to display her work: "I love your Accordion Sketchbooks because of their simplicity, the quality of the paper and their understated stylishness.... They are really helping me refine my ideas for this exhibition".
At dawn and dusk Robin Hutt has been making journeys of discovery with her camera around her 3 acre garden. Mutability and imperfection are realities, which gardeners have to embrace all the time. The work shown in this open studio shows the ways in which a photographer grapples with and conveys these elements through chance encounters as the sun comes up and goes down.
Venue: Fairlight End, Pett Road, Pett, East Sussex (opposite the Two Sawyers’ Pub) TN35 4HB
Dates: 18th and 19th October, 24th 25th and 26th October
Opening times: 11-4 pm
Save the date for the following exhibitions, Christmas fairs and artist book events where I will be exhibiting, selling and sometimes demonstrating.
Stitch & Bind Bournemouth Library for Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival: an exhibition of handmade books made by workshop participants, myself and fellow tutor Laura Joy during two recent bookbinding workshops at Artisan Studio. Runs til 24 October.
Handmade 4 Christmas at the Workhouse Chapel, Sturminster Newton Open daily 8 November until 24th December. A wonderful collection of work from renowned local makers.
Etsy Dorset Team Christmas Fair 6 December 10-4 at the Allendale Centre, Wimborne. One of only 17 official European Etsy Christmas craft fairs, I'll be joining fellow members of the Dorset Etsy Team and I can't wait to spend the day with my fellow team members and welcome lots of local visitors. Come and say hello!
BABE: Bristol Artists' Book Event 11 - 12 April Arnolfini, Narrow Quay, Bristol. Over 100 national and international artists, publishers, presses, dealers and organisations come to BABE over the weekend to show their artists' books at this two-day event. The last BABE in 2013 was a busy weekend with 7,530 visitors! I'm looking forward to meeting up with other book artists and seeing their amazing work. I'll be there with my work in Gallery 3 on the 1st floor.
Hope to see you there!
STITCH & BIND: exhibition at Bournemouth Central Library Gallery for Arts By The Sea Festival.
Bookbinder Susan Green and artist-educator Laura Joy recently ran 1-day book making workshops at Artisan Community Art Studio in Moordown, Dorset. The result is this exhibition of a variety of interesting book forms made by workshop participants, accompanied by examples made by both Laura and Susan.
Several kinds of bindings are on display in the glass cabinets, ranging from the 15th century Longstitch with Linkstitch in both leather and vegan alternatives, the Japanese Stab Stitch, to the more unusual Concertina & Double Concertina forms, the Single & Double Pamphlet notebooks.
Most participants were new to bookbinding, some came to the workshops from a background in fine art, craft or design, and many others simply enjoy crafting or creating in their free time.
Some brought their own artwork, such as cyanotype prints, to incorporate into their books, others used a variety of handmade plant fibre papers. We also recycled pages from withdrawn library stock otherwise destined for landfill, and culled fashion and lifestyle magazines for inspiration and decorative book covers.
Stitch & Bind runs at the Gallery on Level 2 of Bournemouth Central Library until 24 October. Also on display are contemporary textiles made by workshop participants and tutor Leah Watts, including examples of patchwork and quilting, as well as sketchbooks filled with textile and stitching examples.
Tutors Laura Joy and Susan Green continue to run their 1-day workshops and are also developing a 6-week bookbinding short course to run in the Spring term at Artisan Community Art Studio.
To find out more about these book making workshops & register your interest in the short course, contact Susan Green: 07748 759 371, email email@example.com or sign up to her newsletter.
Some images from Stitch & Bind:
Here you can see examples of Accordion fold books, also known as the Concertina fold. Some have been left blank, others digitally printed, one has been filled with mementoes from a holiday, the covers feature a map of the start and end points of the trip.Also on display are two examples of the Japanese Stab Stitch, with cyanotype prints incorporated into the front covers.
Case 2 includes some examples of the Longstitch with Linkstitch binding - these were made with synthetic PU, a vegan alternative to leather.
The Gallery area on Level 2 of the library, with textiles by workshop participants and tutor Leah Watts:
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All dimensions indicate external dimensions of the closed book. Memory Books have 128 pages of heavy paper & spacers for inclusions; Guest Books, Journals & Sketchbooks have Mohawk Superfine Smooth 118gsm paper, usually 192 pages unless otherwise indicated in the product listing. Pagination can be adjusted a little for bespoke books, speciality artists' papers on request.
|A4 Large Portrait||12 inches or 305 mm||8.5 inches or 215 mm||1.5 inches or 38 mm|
|A4 Large Landscape||8.5 inches or 215 mm||12 inches or 305 mm||1.5 inches or 38 mm|
|A5 Medium Landscape||6 inches or 155 mm||8.5 inches or 215 mm||1.5 inches or 38 mm|
|A5 Medium Portrait||8.5 inches or 215 mm||6 inches or 155 mm||1.5 inches or 35 mm|
|A6 Small Landscape||4.5 inches or 114 mm||6 inches or 155 mm||1 inch or 25 mm|
|A6 Small Portrait||6 inches or 155 mm||4.5 inches or 114 mm||1 inch or 25 mm|
96 pages of Mohawk Superfine 118gsm paper
|One Size||3 inches or 76 mm||2.25 inches or 60 mm||20 mm or 0.75 inches|
60 pages of 130 gsm paper
|One Size||6 inches or 148 mm approx.||4.5 inches or 108 mm approx.||20 mm or 0.75 inches|
With Mohawk Superfine 118gsm paper
|A4 Large||297 mm or 11.5 inches approx.||205mm or 8.25 inches approx.||64 pages|
|A5 Medium||210 mm or 5.75 inches approx.||145 mm or 5.75 inches approx.||56 pages|
|A6 Small||150 mm or 6 inches approx.||100 mm or 4 inches approx.||48 pages|
|A7 Pocket||106 mm or 4.25 inches approx.||72 mm or 2.75 inches approx.||40 pages|
8 pages of Mohawk heavy paper
|A5 Medium Portrait||TBC|
|A6 Small Landscape|