Sally Chinea and Lola Swain have been busy at Firstsite Arts Centre in Colchester having organised two workshops for the Essex Book Festival. - one for adults and one for children.. Participants have had the opportunity to create their own hand made book, and learn basic book making skills.. The response was great with both workshops being fully booked.
Children made their own mini book Secret Waters. The basic structure was made from one sheet of A4 paper, with additional 'secret' maps hidden inside.. Great fun!
It is so satisfying trying something new, and going home with your very own hand made book! Both Sally and Lola offer regular workshops at Create 98 in Leigh on Sea.
Further details can be found here - Create98
A few more images from our group show
Louise Swain and Sally Chinea
Gwen Simpson and Jane Woollatt
There was a wonderful 'buzz' of conversations on the opening night of the show. We are grateful for all the support shown on the evening, Thank you for venturing out on a cold, wet windy evening and special thanks to Emma Bell (Gallery 70, Leigh on Sea) for providing us with an exhibition space.. The show continues until 21st March.. Here is a 'taster' of everyone's responses to Lighthousekeeping. but more details about each artists work and the show can be found here.
Details of work by Jane Woollatt and Karen Apps
Details of work by Chris Ruston and Louise Swain
A Strandline installation by Lola Swain
Images of 'Silver' by Sally Chinea and Gwen Simpson
Sally Chinea and Lola Swain are busy preparing for their forth coming workshops as part of the Essex Book Festival. They will be offering two workshops at Firstsite, Colchester on 23 March. The morning session will be for adults 10.30 - 12.30 (tickets available here ) while the afternoon session will be for children, 2.00 - 3.30 pm. ( tickets available here )
To maximise the time and to make sure each participant leaves with their own hand made book, all the materials required have been collated into individual packs. If you are curious and would like to join the fun follow the links above.
A busy month ahead as Lola Swain and Sally Chinea will also be running two book making workshops at Firstsite, Colchester, as part of the Essex Book Festival.
More information is available on the links below.
Bookmaking for Adults
Create a Secret Treasure Island Bookmaking workshop for children
Why choose Lighthousekeeping Jeanette Winterson as a book to respond to?
“Lighthousekeeping is a sea story, a love story, a lost story, a life story, a bedtime story and my story... It is a story about telling stories. Jeanette Winterson
With it’s beautiful crafted descriptions, we felt Jeanette Winterson’s book Lighthousekeeping lends itself to visual interpretation.. The book resonates with so many aspects of our own lives. With its array of possible starting points, each of us of have responded to a sentence, an image, or thread, using it as inspiration for a ‘new story’ in the form of an artist book.
“And it was discovered that every light had a story - no everylight was a story and the flashes themselves were the stories going out over the waves as markers, guides and comfort and warning”
Stories are what make our lives - the way we make sense of experience and the world around us. Like the child’s game of Chinese whispers, subtle shifts in each retelling gives space for new interpretations to emerge. Viewing this collection of work is akin to the flashes from the lighthouse moving out from a central point, dispersing and creating a continuous cycle of new stories, new beginnings.
A preliminary 'mock up' from Chris Ruston as she experiments with various book structures as part of her response to Lighthoousekeeping.
We are delighted Louise Swain will be joining Artbookart at Gallery 70 in March. Having produced the poster for the show, she has sent us this beautiful glimpse of the work she will be exhibiting. None of us are aware of each others responses to Lighthousekeeping so it is a much of a surprise to us as well as to everyone else!
And so it begins...
Sally Chinea is getting started on her response to Jeanette Wintersons novel Lighthousekeeping. She says "some may say work in progress, others it's just a post-it note attack!". Either way the novel has been read and the next step is underway. With a myriad of thoughts and possibilities to choose from who knows where it will lead!
Meanwhile in another part of town, Gwen Simpson is also beginning her piece. A tantalising glimpse of her first ideas combining wire, paper, and watercolour.
We are a small group of contemporary artists in Essex (UK) who share a passion for art and books.