Artbookart featured a selection of works; Lola Swain presented her traditional hand marbled/stitched journals alongside her Monarch book. Utilising her skills as a potter, beatuiful clay tiles form the cover of this book, enclosing a poem about the butterfly.
Another artist, Louise Swain, also draws inspiration from nature with her own version of a butterfly book where the butterflies emerge and float above the pages. Louise also presented several delicately hand drawn works.
In contrast, Karen Apps work has a sculptural quality. Peer closer and you notice the delicate pair of child shoes is infact made from the pages of a 1968 'Bunty' annual. Her altered books generate conversation, challenging our ideas of making our own 'mark' on a book. Taking old books, she breathes life into the neglected stories of our childhood.
Dianne Taylor took time to inform us of her role in the Conservation studio at the Essex Record Office, keeping alive all those traditional bookbinding skills, while Joanne Thain, from Strawberryrose Studios kindly photographed the occasion.
Don't forget to get involved and check out all the other events at the Essex Book Festival site. An exhibition of Photographs of our work will remain on display throughout March.