Tag Archives: book arts

New book: A Button for All Occasions

29 Feb

Tomorrow is World Book Day! Your chance to celebrate favourite stories and characters and authors. And indeed artist books! What attracts me to books is how playful you can make them. I’m interested in creating a unique reading experience through inventive formats, colours, shapes and folds. The content is then presented in a more unexpected way, enabling the idea to step off the page and come alive.

Here’s a ‘Remote Control’ book I made last week and launched at Ffotogallery’s successful the Book Arts Fayre on Saturday.

A double concertina book, this folds out into a series of colourful sections explaining the function of each button – whether that is to make a bus come, be brave, stretch out the weekends or find lost things. It feels like a remote when held, and in that sense it’s interactive. To look inside, click here to see photographs of each side of the concertina.

At the Book Arts Fayre I shared a stall with my friend Ian Watson who’s work I enjoy very much. Here’s a picture of our stall:

Resident DJ and friend Nana Koechek had some work on sale – do have a look at her website .

I love her small zine ‘Can your monkey do the dog?’ and she swapped one of these with me in exchange for a Rhyming Flapjack Recipe book. Here’s the front cover – there’s still a few available in Nanna’s shop.

Opposite my stall was Maybe World, created by Christian Olsen. I was very impressed by the finish and presentation of the books; there was something almost scientific about them. I bought a couple of fun little photo-montage books, which have been created as a way to tell stories with collected ephemera. Here’s a picture of  his stall (very impressed by the fairy lights).

Thank you again Ffotogallery for hosting such a wonderful event… and all the lovely people who bought books and prints.

I’ve now added some more items – books and illustrations – to my bigCartel shop. Including digital prints of Alan, bearded rider of tall bicycles, and the Ideas Cabinet of Curiosities. Also a selection of hand printed books / zines, more of which will be going on there soon.

Click here to visit the shop!

Finally, for all you Twitter types, @WorldBookDayUK has been doing a fantastic job generating excitement for tomorrow with their hash tags. What book character would you be? What would you call your imaginary novel? Join the celebrations here.

If I was #fictionalforaday I would, without a doubt, be Serafina Pekkala from Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials. A clever, honest and beautiful witch flying beneath the Aurora.

Next up: an illustration-related post, with a new piece of work and a treasure trove of links.

A recipe for escape…

25 Feb

Reading is a form of escape – you begin the story, turn pages, absorb the characters. Curious, you continue. You are hooked, making that world your own. You ‘become’ the book. This act of stepping into stories is the concern of my current altered book. I am using paper cuts, print and hand drawn letters to explore the way our consciousness shifts and imagination opens up once a book ‘lets you in’, as it were.

Below is the first page. Click on the image to see a little further into the book.

I will be exhibiting the finished piece at Cardiff Central Library’s book arts exhibition in March, so come along to see it in the flesh.

Angela Carter once remarked that “Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms.”

So perhaps readers as well as artists are alterers of books? Carving the settings and characters and ideas to create their own version of the text…

I’m escaping Cardiff myself to attend the Bath Literature Festival which kicks off this weekend. There’s folk music and discussion to be enjoyed at Electric Eden on Saturday evening followed by a talk by another of my literary heroines, Marina Warner, on Sunday morning.

Lastly, today I found a woodcut of a peacock that I made a few years ago. I’d cut away some of the image, but below is what was left on the wood –

Have a marvellous weekend!

Forthcoming Book Making Evening Class!

7 Dec

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here – had some long needed hibernation time spent restoring an old letterpress (more on that soon) and making Christmas presents and generally shambling wrapped in many many layers! Over the next week or so I’ll post up new work and links and all sorts of other things, but right now I want to tell you about an evening class I’ll be starting in January:

Introduction to Handmade Books – Evening Class

Starting on Monday 17 January 2011, 7.00 – 9.00 pm
Ten week course at Howard Gardens School of Art and Design in Cardiff.

Find out more and book a place: click here!

The handmade book is an exciting and versatile form, which artists continue to be inspired by. During the course you will explore a variety of folding, binding, covering and finishing techniques, with access to a collection of artists books to gather ideas from. Examples will include one-sheet books, concertina and pocket books, several stitched-binding techniques, and also more innovative and surprising ways to construct and finish your book.
To develop your skills you will work on several inspiring projects, using a range of recycled materials, ephemera, papers and photographs to construct unique journals, albums and story -books.  You will also have the opportunity to alter existing books and transform old pages into works of art.

Drop me a line at sarie8 (at) gmail.com if you have any questions about the course. Please do pass this information on to anyone who might be interested. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Yay!

Between then and now – what I’ve been up to this September

16 Sep

In the time between the last blog post and this, I’ve mainly been busy compiling all the material for the Shoe Tales project exhibition, at Milkwood Gallery on Friday 24th September! The production line includes, so far, double sided concertina books which tell the story of the project on one side, and display a small selection of postcards on the other.  My spare room is also brimming with charity shop picture frames, postcard enlargements, donated old shoes, lots of brown paper – all in all, it’s a hive of activity.

So: here’s what’s happening for Shoe Tales:

Friday 24th September – Monday 18th October
Milkwood Gallery, 41 Lochaber Street, Roath, Cardiff.
Important dates for your diary!

– Friday 24th September: Exhibition opening party, 6.00 – 9.00 pm at Milkwood Gallery
The Shoe Tales exhibition opens its doors and kicks off with a bit of a party! View the display of all postcards received by the project in an installation which also gives viewers a chance to tell their own stories and add to the Shoe Tales showcase.
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– Saturday 25th September: Shoe Decoration Workshop, 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm at Milkwood Gallery
Shoe decoration: turning old shoes into works of art!
Bring a pair of your old shoes that you no longer wear (or that are no longer wearable) and revamp them as a work of art!
Materials such as fabric scraps, needles and thread, wire, paper and other odds and ends will be provided to magic your forgotten footwear into something spectacular!
Suitable for all ages.
Under 18s £4.50, adults £8.00 to take part.  Limited places available – to book  a place contact Milkwood Gallery: 029 20473373
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-Saturday 9th October: Shoe Tales at the Book Arts Fayre, Ffotogallery, Turner House, Penarth. 11am – 4pm
Come along to Ffotogallery for a day of zines, artists’ books and handmade pages: the concertina books which will accompany the exhibition will be on display and sale.
More information: http://ffotogallerybookartsfayre.wordpress.com/
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-Sunday 10th October:  Book Making workshop, 3.00 pm – 5.30 pm at Milkwood Gallery
So you’ve written a poem, made a list, found a quote. You’ve doodled something at work or cut something out of a magazine. Want a book to put it in?
Take part in a book making workshop, where you can learn how to make envelope books, scrap books, folded books and books with pockets to hold letters, keepsakes and even postcards!
All materials will be provided, just bring yourself and friends.
Suitable for all ages.
Under 18s £4.50, adults £8.00 to take part. Limited places available, to book a place contact Milkwood Gallery: 029 2047 3373

For further information about the Shoe Tales project, visit http://www.shoetales.co.uk <http://www.shoetales.co.uk&gt;
Shoe Tales is on Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/home.php?

See you there!