Her images are created by allowing an interplay between the random mark, and the directed hand. Starting with a loose idea, her approach allows the fluid technique of working wet into wet to play a part in guiding the direction of the work. This is a process which can only be partially controlled. Repeating simular marks offers a variety of results. Sometimes the joy of a random mark is enough, while at other times the piece becomes layered and worked over and over, buried like layers of strata, holding and containing a moment of time.
Recent work has been concerned with aspects of our changing climate. Chris is particuarly interested in what is happening to the ice caps. She seeks to express something more than her personal story, and reaches out to broader aspects of life and the enviroment. The idea of connecting to something beyond the self, and incorporating Earth's story, is a constant thread through her work. A number of themes are revisited and explored; all share this common link - a celebration of the natural world, and of the human spirit. The work invites the viewer to follow, to unravel secrets, and to pay close attention to the world around them.
Sally's books have to be seen to be believed in particular her textile pieces such as the notebook and pencil below.
"My artistic practice explores boundaries and preconceptions, in particular distinctions between craft fine art and gender stereotyping. My work challenges and subverts activities, traditionally associated with women and domesticity.
I create subtle, yet playful interventions that may be initially overlooked or misread, highlighting the understated, quite virtues and philosophies of craft and that react to the establishment and the fast pace of twenty first century life and challenge our habits of looking.
I manipulate and re-contextualize a wide variety of mundane, found and discarded materials to create a dichotomy between something which is worthless and something that is valued; value, created by the investment of manual labour, care, consideration and time."
Miranda Campbell's Bookspells
Book art adds that exciting dimension to storytelling for me, and allows me to combine language and emotion with texture and structure. My books are influenced by life’s rich tapestry and the delicate threads that bind us to each other, and shape our affinity for space and place.
Susan Allen is exploring the conventional idea of a book (a story with pages) and representing it in one translucent image. She will also be displaying egg tempera pages/cards as well which are part of her continuing work on "100 views of a Landscape". We look forward to seeing these beautiful little pages and more in March.
Margaret Cooter is another of our exhibitors in March. From clay books to Binder's Keepers and so much more- if you get the chance have a look at her blog.. it's one of our favourites.
We are really looking forward to seeing Pam's work at the ARTBOOKART fair too...
Sandie Cottee will also be joining us in March at the Artbookart Show. She tells us she loves making books and journals and is constantly thinking up new ideas and designs. She loves taking photos and many of her books tell stories and hold special memories. When she realised she was giving most of them away as gifts she started to make some for herself and now has a large collection.
Sandie has an eclectic style and most of her books are one of a kind. She uses a wide range of materials including upcycled, new, and handmade and she gets excited about new ideas. She has run classes at workshops and is planning to do this as an e-course. At a recent retreat Sandie was asked if she sold her books and received 6 commissions. She realised that others liked her work and Sandie has since sold more in a gallery.
Another wonderful preview this time from Barbara Bowen...
We love Barbara's Red-riding hood themed book- 'The Wolf - friend or foe?'
'Decorated books - to seduce and inspire.'
Here is a beautiful sneak preview from Wendy J Allen, another artist who will be showing at HOFS next month.
TIME PASSING, The experience of time passing is one that is common to all. Whatever we suffer, there are lessons to learn. This book deals with the traumas of life that shape us.
GLIMPSES, “A daisy turning its face towards the sun, petals preened, cushion of gold; what memories are these?” GLIMPSES is a hard-back leporello with text one side and, on the other, images that afford glimpses to stir happy memories.
We also look forward to meeting artist David Howe who will be showing at ARTBOOKART Book Art Fair on Saturday 15th March 2014.
David tells us, "My work is concerned with walking, watching and absorbing sights and experiences. I record these using handwritten text on natural objects and handmade paper."
We are a small group of contemporary artists in Essex (UK) who share a passion for art and books.