Al-Mutanabbi Street Project
Pages of Time Chris Ruston.
Work for this project has now finally been submitted. The books can be seen in the John Rylands Library, Manchester next February along with 130 other responses. The Project has been facilitated by Beau Beausoleil, and Sarah Bodman, and will be touring Britian, America, and Europe over the next two years. A complete set of books by 130 artists will be presented to the National Iraq Library.
Pages of Time comprises three small books, reflecting varying emotions. The Still Hot Air conveys the shock and pain of the bombing, and of the many lives lost. Adequate words are difficult to find..
Crumbling Pages draws inspiration from Eileen Grace O'Malley Callahans poem, Al- Mutanabbi Street. Eileen has kindly given permission to use some of her words. Words which like grief over time, can facilitate hope and move us toward process of healing..
Finally The Heart Now Held, evolved from a visit to the British Museum, and the thought about what survives. Ancient cunniform tablets containing the first form of writing, have endured through turbulant times, and still speak to us after hundreds of years. Despite wars and attempts to destroy, it seems to me the human spirit continues to seek ways to endure.
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WE DID IT!
Visitors, both local and from far afield, to the Book Arts Fair at Hadleigh Old Fire Station on Saturday 3rd November 2012 and were greeted by the sight of newspaper fish blowing in the breeze, from poles guiding to the car park, and gaily coloured bunting ingeniously made from recycled ’junk mail’. This creativity set the scene for the delights on display within the main hall. Walking through the front door the smell of fresh coffee engaged different senses, thanks to the pop-up café from Cathy Darby.
And then what an incredible array of work was on display. Newly emerging talent rubbed shoulders with more established artists, truly providing a range of work to stimulate and engage everyone. The friendly, informal, atmosphere enabled visitors and artists alike to discuss the work in depth and ensure that everyone left the event with a greater understanding of how art and books combine to create a fresh approach. “One theme, so many variations” was a comment made about the event.
For the artists 5pm seemed to come very quickly as the constant flow of visitors, and interest in their work, meant that the time flew. They have all been thrilled with the warm response shown to this exciting form of art. As a result there is an eagerness to support the workshop programme planned for 2013, and the next Book Art Fair is certain to be even better!
We are a small group of contemporary artists in Essex (UK) who share a passion for art and books.