Chris Ruston and Karen Apps will joining eight other artists in this exciting exhibition which opens on the 30Th April at the Loft Gallery Blickling Hall, Norfolk.
Don't forget participating artists at this year’s event have been invited to make a piece of work which fits into a matchbox. We need visitors to cast their vote for their favourite.
A special trophy and 'Bookmaking goodie bag' will go the winning artist, and a special prize of a collection of handmade note/sketchbooks will be given to the lucky visitor who cast a vote.
Make sure you join us! It will be fun!
'Immemoratea Commemoratea’ is a book of a 100 repurposed blank pages to remember women lost to history. At this year's Artbookart Fair Gwen Simpson is inviting the public to write a page in the second book ‘Commemoratea’ as an act of remembering the great lives of past and present women.
Plans are well underway for the next ABA book fair in November. Watch for further details here and on our facebook page
A second book for the sequential chain poetry and artist Book of Sand. Hand cutting the silver birch trees for the centre page. Before sewing it into the next book a close up shot through the trees, is this what the wolf sees ?
ANNAL latin : a record of events in one year. A follow on from the 365 book . Covers tea bags, oil colour and wax varnish.
Gwen's own art work features only once in each book, they happen to be birds in flight. There are some happy accidents too such as her grand daughter's drawing watching the antics of the wrapping paper cat playing with the sewing cotton.
The "clay books" started from a remark during my very first ceramics class, during the art foundation course I started in 2008. The tutor had us roll out a slab of clay and then said "Here are your clay notebooks" and we went on to impress patterns into them - a process that I've returned to in recent ceramics work. Very recently I've been casting folded book structures in porcelain slip, producing abstracted shapes; some have decoration inside the porcelain, arising from dark slip that's been screenprinted onto the paper structure, which burns away during firing.
Each of the Binders Keepers (tool rolls for bookbinding tools) contains some of my Travel Lines fabrics, screenprinted from lines drawn while travelling on London Underground and buses. The Binders Keepers come in unique fabric combinations and are ready to fill with your favourite tools. (Sewing Companions - for sewing tools - are also available; see
We are a small group of contemporary artists in Essex (UK) who share a passion for art and books.