The following artists participated in Book Arts Day 2022
Amy Pezzin – Artist Books Group [Malcolm Raggett, Mary Brodrick, Mary Dickinson, Sophie Artemis] – Batool Showghi – Caroline Penn – CityLit – Gaelle Pelachaud – Inkpot & Pen – Isobel Lewis – Jane Cradock-Watson – Joan Higgins – London Centre for Book Arts – Mandy Brannan – Paul Garcia – Paul Johnson – Rosemary Everett – Ruth Martin – Sumi Perera – Susie Wilson – Tessa Sinclair – Tom Alexander
Amy is an artist based in London, who primarily works with illustration, printmaking and bookbinding. She uses a delicate and mindful approach to beautifully portray aspects of the natural world and directly address growing concerns towards the climate crisis. She hopes to advocate a more environmentally conscious mind-set towards the Earth.
Artist Books Group
Malcolm hosts the Artist Books Group meetings and creates books from his photos and artwork. Inspired by nature, architecture and shadows.
Mary has been fascinated by animals decorating porcelain, furniture, maps and textiles in the V & A Museum. These mythical creatures represent stories from around the world. She engraved several of them on boxwood for a book illustrating Jeanette Winterson’s words: Everyone who tells a story tells it differently, just to remind us that everybody sees (the world) differently. The V & A exhibited this book in their ‘Inspired By’ exhibition at the Morley Gallery.
Mary has worked all over the world entertaining and educating people to enjoy and make their own stories, their own books. The books she makes all have a story. Some are specially bound texts. Some have text and moving parts and some are purely visual. She makes them from her own relief prints, collage, ink drawings and watercolour. Her website and Instagram pages encourage readers to think “What’s the story?”
Website: marydickinsonbooks. com
Sophie is a maker of beguiling tunnel books and books with pop-up, moving pages about Love and Nature. Vivid, small editions that journey into the book, hiding and revealing as the work is handled, viewed and explored. She is artist in residence at a women’s prison and has work in the V&A Art library, Tate Library collections and many university collections.
Batool Showghi’s multidisciplinary approach to the artists’ book and her mixed media work involve photography, illustration, painting and textiles. All of which are employed to explore themes of cultural heritage, memory, identity and loss in very personal ways. Her work as an artist is concerned with the experience of women and the way in which this experience relates to cultural and religious boundaries as well as reflecting on the theme of turbulence, immigration, disintegration of the family and the experience of displacement. In recent projects and artist’s books Batool uses textile pieces on canvas and paper and the use of a sewing machine as a drawing tool to create her imagery.
Working with photographs, text and drawing Caroline creates books and short films. These works explore the domestic space, memory, intimacy and loss.
Recent books have looked at our relationship with chairs, inherited china and a vintage vacuum cleaner.
Her books are held in private and public collections including the British Library, Tate Britain, the V&A National Art Library and the Beaux-Arts de Paris.
City Lit runs taster days, starter courses and longer courses that will enable you to learn and build skills in bookbinding, book arts and book conservation. There are also specialist courses in gold tooling, decorative techniques and working with leather.
Whether you are a complete beginner or you already have bookbinding skills that you want to develop, we have a course for you. Our team of dedicated tutors are skilled practitioners, Industry specialists and experts in the fields of bookbinding, book arts, fine design binding, conservation and repair.
If you are interested in the creative potential of bookbinding, we have a range of book arts courses that explore both classic and innovative techniques and structures to produce unique books and small editions. Some of these courses are run jointly with other departments, for example, printmaking.
All our book arts courses take place in our central London location – just between Covent Garden and Holborn so we are easily accessible from all parts of London. We also run a number of courses online.
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Gaëlle Pelachaud, is attracted by research on the architecture of the book, the paper, its texture, its transparency. Each book is worked to give it a new shape.
The book is enriched with texts by authors, all numbered and signed, or popular French and world tales. Books of engravings or drawings, paintings have a whole different architecture adapted to the theme. The movement of the page – The movement in the drawing – The movement with the theme of travel.
These books are presented in many media institutions and museums in France and abroad.
Inkpot & Pen
Inksmith Christine Nicholls, who works under the name Inkpot & Pen, uses illustration, hand lettering and printmaking in her work. Inspired by the beauty of nature and the world around us, particularly the everyday things we see… that we don’t see. Her collection of hand drawn maps focuses on reacquainting the viewer’s attention to the small architectural details which through familiarity, become invisible.
Christine is the author of The Diary of an Artist in Lockdown, a collection of drawing every day for five months starting at the beginning of lockdown 2020.
Instagram & Twitter: @inkpotandpen
Isobel is a graphic designer who works in commercial publishing but misses the smell of ink! She takes inspiration from the sea and the landscape around her where she lives in Wales to make one of a kind and limited edition artist books. She has work in various public and private collections including the Bodleian Library, Oxford and The National Library of Scotland.
Jane is a book artist, illustrator and printmaker. She is interested in the relationship between nature, landscape and the human condition, as well as the haptic nature of books and printmaking.
Janes books explore the development of narratives through their haptic qualities, using the textural potential of combining printmaking processes, the physical form of the book and the surface qualities of papers.
Common themes in Janes work, other than the natural world include a sense of place, memory and the visual culture of the domestic.
Her books are held in private and public collections including the V&A National Library, Tate Britain and the Yale Collection of British Art.
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Joan is a Book Artist and Printmaker, living in London. She completed the two year City Lit Fine Art course in 2016 and graduated from the University of the Arts London in 2019, with an MA in Visual Arts (Book Art).
She is a Social Scientist by background and her art reflects an interest in families, communities and working lives. Joan explores the ways in which the land, particularly in Yorkshire and in Ireland, has shaped industry, created wealth and inequalities and influenced language. She works with found objects, tools and artefacts to explore ‘other lives’ and uses print, photographs and collage to remake images and create new stories. Sometimes there is humour and a touch of whimsy in her work. Her books are hand- made – folded, sewn, stitched, glued – crafted in small editions.
London Centre for Book Arts
Based in what was once the heart of east London’s print industry, the London Centre for Book Arts (LCBA) is an artist-run, open-access studio offering education programmes for the community and affordable access to resources for artists and designers.
The Centre’s mission is to foster and promote book arts and artist-led publishing in the UK through collaboration, education, distribution, and by providing open-access to printing, binding and publishing facilities. The unique facilities at LCBA are available to everyone regardless of background, education or experience.
After several years of planning and acquiring hard-to-find equipment and machinery, the studio was established in October 2012, becoming the first and only centre of its kind in the country. LCBA was founded and is run by artists Simon Goode and Ira Yonemura.
Website: London Centre for Book Arts
Mandy Brannan is a London based book artist and papermaker. Mandy’s main influence within her book arts practice explores her personal interaction with architecture. She observes and uses their structural patterns, manipulated photographic images and informational text to create her visual language, inviting the viewer to see their architectural elements or understand an interesting informative detail regarding a certain structure. She also interested in the study of the shifting within our DNA/thoughts caused by our situations, surroundings and observations.
‘Sometimes my papermaking and book engineering skills come together for a project and often they don’t!’
Paul’s view of book art is that the book itself is the art, rather than being merely the vehicle for poetry, prose or pictorial material. That is why most of his books are blank. They could be used as notebooks, or sketchbooks, or simply appreciated as desirable objects in their own right. The structure and decoration of the books themselves are the content. In Paul’s opinion, a book must be robust and be capable of being handled, otherwise it has failed as a book. He likes to experiment with decorative techniques, taking inspiration from traditional methods and materials, but with a modern interpretation. His preferred covering material is leather, because of its flexibility and versatility, although he also works with silk, wool, or decorated papers. Designs should be clear and not overly fussy in colour and pattern, using either forms from nature (e.g. leaves, feathers) or mathematical symmetries.
Author of A Book of One’s Own and Literacy Through the Book Arts, Paul travelled the world teaching the book arts. His unique pop-up books are in the V&A Museum, London, the Bodleian Library, Oxford, the Library of Congress, Washington DC and most major university collections in the US. In 2018 the Johns Hopkins University acquired his archive, comprising over 500 items of his original artwork spanning half a century. Amongst commissions was one from Ben Fogle to mark his climbing of Everest in 2018; amongst recent awards was the Movable Book Society’s Meggendorfer Prize in 2021.
I make artist’s books that entertain and intrigue by combining printmaking (monoprints, collagraph, wood engraving, letterpress and digital prints) with upcycled materials (packaging, maps, nautical charts) and found objects. I enjoy introducing other techniques such as hand or machine stitching.
I like to adapt traditional bookbinding and experiment with structures to create tactile, sculptural and experiential pieces. My focus is often on the spaces book structures create as well as on colour and pattern.
I design each book as a whole; the structure and content are always developed together to bring my ideas and themes to life. My work focuses on
▪️The concept of “blue space” and why time spent by water makes us happy
▪️Our impact on the environment
▪️A sense of place – celebrating the unique light and colours of a particular landscape and time.
I create limited edition hand printed artist books, small games, curios and greetings cards all in the same illustrative style.
My books are printed with hand cut rubber stamps. Titles include ‘In the Artists’ Aquarium’, a fold out selection of fine art fishes, ‘Culture Stock’, a box book that exalts various forms of culture – stock cube style, and ‘Bring Me Sunshine’, a mini dancing flick book. Alongside these, matchboxes, string, toothpaste tubes and tins of corned beef are all subjects that I print to raise a smile.
Sumi Perera is a post-disciplinary artist who makes artistbooks that often oscillate between the codex and concertina format by withdrawal of a detachable spine, which allows the book to undress itself. Often there are multiple narratives that unfold as the format changes. She draws upon her background working in her native country Sri Lanka and her adoptive country UK, as a doctor, scientist and artist (MA Bookarts, Camberwell College UAL, 2003-2004). She has done many international teaching & artist residencies in Beijing & Yinchuan in China; Venice, Italy; Marcilhac France; and London which feeds into her practice.
She makes hand-held small books that extend to large installations (up to 50 metres). Her artistbooks have been awarded many international prizes : Prix de Print USA (2015); a few awards at the Society of Bookbinders Conference & Competition (2009 & 2017); 1st Prize
Shelter USA 92007); Birgit Skiold Artistbook Award ICA London (2005); Gold Medal 1st Artistbook Competition Seoul, S Korea etc.
Her works are held in many private & public collections : Tate Britain Special Collection, Victoria & Albert Museum, Yale Centre for British Art, Ashmolean, British Museum, Royal Collection, Bibliotheca Alexandria Egypt, Southern Cross University Artistbook Award, Manly Library Artistbook Award Australia etc..
Susie Wilson trained as a printmaker and for the past twenty years the book form has been central to her work. The discipline of this form enables her to combine printmaking with 3-dimensional structures and to use layers that can interplay one with another. Susie’s work has a longstanding concern with narratives (sequential and accumulative) and with the self-documentary impulse. It has drawn on diverse external sources – historic, architectural and anatomical – and has frequently been informed by the particular medical challenges faced by her family. Recently awarded the Maureen Duke Educational Award (2021), Nancy Graham Memorial Book Prize (Visual Arts Scotland, 2019) and Landmark Residency, Art Walk Porty (2019-2021 in collaboration with artist Felicity Bristow). Her work is in the collection of the National Galleries of Scotland, City Art Centre, Edinburgh Art and Design Library, Baltic, Edinburgh University and University of Kent.
I make photobooks using my own photographic images and sometimes ‘found’ images primarily as a way to communicate experiences, emotions and concepts which are sometimes best expressed through image, or perhaps can only be expressed through image. I have explored the interaction between ‘writing’ and images. Text can enhance the experience for someone looking at a photobook. Images can also challenge or subvert the sense of text. Truth and memory are revealed to be elusive in this dance. Even when I think I am making a ‘straight’ documentary photobook, I find myself sequencing a story or an idea of some kind.
I have published 2 photobooks, ‘Here is ‘All I want to Be’, outwardly it is an elegiac collection of landscapes taken on the coast of Suffolk with a poetic thread running through them. It is in fact a tribute to the tranquility that is afforded from immersion in nature and wild spaces when you find yourself inwardly in turmoil. The second is ‘A Restless Land’, A large French fold book, printed on art house paper in an edition of 75 (signed and numbered). This one was made during the first lock down and has a twilight feel of blue about it which speaks of the dislocation in time that was the pervasive feeling of the time.
Most recently I have been making hand sewn gatefold books following a trip to the magical land of Uist in the Outer Hebrides.
Tom is a writer and book artist from London. His work explores how words interact with the physical forms they inhabit. Having previously written books for children, he hopes to bring that sense of fun and exploration into other kinds of publishing.