Several of us from Artbookart were welcomed to the Forum and the Turn the Page Norwich Book Fair. What a venue, a delightful open airy space, complete with sunshine!
Chris Ruston presented work which reflects her interest in Ice, and what is happenning to the worlds glaciers. Entitled "Ice Matters" her display included a large Ice book, which was richly textured with various shades of Blue.
Chris Ruston with her work Ice Matters
Karen Apps Janet Bradley and Margaret Cooter's table contained a variety of work, - so much of interest in such a small space!.
Karen brought along the Winnicott Bears ( as seen on the posters adverising the event).They were popular with visitors.
Margaret Cooter displayed some of her smaller Memory Balls, alongside her beautifully made "Binders Keepers". Unique handmade pouches for all your bookbinding tools. These were very appealing judging by the number sold,- nine out of fifteen.
Janet Bradley hung her thoughful "prayer flags" and displayed her The Three Rosas, a book. which recorded an installation she had previously done.
Karen Apps, Margaret Cooter, and Janet Bradley setting up.
Karen Apps display
Magaret Cooter Binders Keepers.
Miranda Campbell and David Howe complemented each others work, both drawing inspiration from the natural world They use bark and twigs but very differently. David had used large branches to create a wheel which formed the background to his dispaly. Miiranda's books were delicately put together .
Andrew Law returned for a second year, with his display of hand painted books in which areas are worked over,and over, giving a sense of history.
Jean Mold Hart has previously shown her work at a number of Book Fairs including the ICA, and presented various works incorporating her hand made papers. Dark and brooding, her book based on the Penelope myth, was a real treat. Other pieces incorporated gold and were beautifully textured.
The Society of Bookbinders were on hand to give a demonstration of the traditional skills of Bookbinding.
While textile designer Kate Marsden had knitted a diary using colour and pattern to reflect her various moods.
It was impossible to ignore Emma Lloyd's altered books which were stunning.. Hours and hours of work go into creating these incredible book sculptures.
Finally after two very busy days, and lots of interesting conversations it was time to say goodbye to Norwich. However the drive home rewarded us with the most spectatular sunset. A fitting end to a great weekend.
Photograph taken by Gwen Simpson.
We are a small group of contemporary artists in Essex (UK) who share a passion for art and books.