Monday, 2 May 2011

BABE: The best one yet.

I did the return journey from London to Bristol on Saturday and Sunday, which was a novel thing for me! I also experienced a big learning curve organising my first shared table at the event, with the Facebook group, Artist Book Collective. I expected a good 20-30 people out of a possible 480 to take part, but in the end it was just the 8 of us. But, what a wonderful group of eight we were. The women who took part, Charlotte A Morgan, Kathryn DesForges, Lina Avramidou, Rosie Kearton, Rose Davies, Caroline Griffiths with Laura Sheldon, Louise Atkinson all made lovely books and the 3 of those, Rose, Caroline and Rosie who came along to help and support were fantastic. What fun to meet such lovely people.

The fair itself was also excellent, with a diverse range of artists making quality work. I enjoyed seeing and chatting with old aquaintances and friends. And making some new ones, too! The Arnolfini looked after us very well and there was a fun interactive event called World Atlas of Bristol. I joined unwittingly after I clocked the badge being given away. I always like a badge. I was given a sheet of paper with a random country printed on it which I had to draw from my memory, or imagination, if memory failed! The results were all pinned up in their categories on a long wall. Some were quite exacting, but most were funny. I mean what do you expect from a bunch of artists, illustrators, and afficionados? A book or 2 will be made from the results, I was told.
Sales weren't amazing. It was yet another bank holiday weekend, (after what seemed like a month of them). There was a good flow of people on Saturday, but surprisingly fewer on the Sunday. I wonder if the poster couldn't have been a bit more eye-catching. As always, tho it was nice to be in Bristol itself, take a break and sit on the harbor wall in the sunshine, watch the people, motorbikes and boats. 

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Cabinet of Curiosities

Thank you to everyone who was involved in this years Book Fair project. Hoping to have lots more organised soon. Will be posting pics on the archive page too.

Sunday, 26 April 2009

New Archive page

In between various other bits and pieces, I've finally managed to get together an archive page with help from the wonderful Amy Balderston who took the photos. There's a link on the side bar but the address is Let me know what you think :)

Friday, 27 February 2009

(sub)Missive preview

As promised here are the details of the (sub)Missive exhibition:

(sub)Missive is the culmination of a mail art project in which artists from the UK, Europe, US, Canada and Australia each collaborated with an artist partner to create a new book work. Using the social networking forum as a platform for collaboration, artists investigated the dissemination of ideas with particular reference to (mis)communication and power relations.

Taking the hierarchical construct as a brief, each participant devised a set of instructions ranging from the single word to the diagrammatic and distributed them to their collaborative partner. The results of this experiment will be displayed as part of the 12th International Contemporary Artists Book Fair from Friday 6th till Wednesday 18th March 2009 @ Corridor Gallery, School Of Design, University of Leeds, LS2 9JT.

Preview: Friday 6th March 6-8pm
Exhibition continues till Wednesday 18th March
Opening times: Mon-Fri 10am till 5pm
An e-flyer with details of the full programme is available at

Saturday, 31 January 2009

(sub)Missive exhibition

The results of the (sub)Missive exhibition will be exhibited alongside the Leeds International Artist Book fair. We are also working on organising a private view which will hopefully be at 6pm on Friday 6th March to coincide with the first day of the fair. There will also be another exhibition opening of Chinese books curated by Chris Taylor and John Macdowall who organise the book fair as part of their PAGES project. So all in all, lots of creative endeavours to whet your book art appetites. I will be sending out an invite on facebook and yahoo with more info nearer the time.

As well as this, Tom Hobson, one of the artists involved in the project is organising for the books to travel to Chapel Arts Centre in Cardiff for the end of March to be exhibited as part of their new book arts venture. If anyone has more ideas or contacts for exhibiting please comment or get in touch.

Thursday, 29 January 2009

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Tuesday, 27 January 2009

First post

Firstly, thanks for the invitation Louise. It's great to see that there's a solid book arts community out there, in Web 2.0 land...

I think it's a great place for us to share ideas, techniques, skills and knowledge, not to mention news of fairs and exhibition opportunities.

Is anyone exhibiting at Leeds in March?