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15 May 2014

Books, Books and More Books...

Books, well let's start with a reminder of what's coming up...

A bookbinding techniques workshop with me!!!
Wednesday 2nd July 2014
at the lovely countryside studio of Fantasia Textiles
Please contact Norah to book
To see a sample of what's on offer please see my Workshop page 
and there are photos of my books in the Gallery section of the site too

Turn the Page - the book arts exhibition in Norwich.  Look for the Facebook page too. I did ask permission to take a few photos, which was actually greeted by some with "how kind of you to actually ask".  However, I didn't ask permission to put photos on my blog, so I won't.  In any event its probably better to send you direct to a website.  Some people actively encouraged you to touch their work and others had signs forbidding, but unless the artist engages with you, you can't even get them to share.
Ironically I travel 100 miles to my "home" knowing and seeing people who live about 7 miles away from me, here.
Pien Rotterdam   had a lovely chat with her, she had books which were totally her own, as in the paper, construction and the poem inside.  I particularly liked the poem as it was all about paper and books.  Sadly she only had it in the form of the books which were for sale, but she did say she would look to adding to her website.
Justin Rowe these are paper cut, sculptural books, very intricate.  Some were shown in a subdued lit room, as they had teeny lights inside of them, so a street lamp was actually lit up.  Lovely.
Chris Ruston Chris is local to me!  I love her work, little tiny nests/bowls with paper eggs inside and words. A collection presented in like a shadow box, but each item was small, as the whole thing was less than A4.
Jo Howe  Lots of rolled tubes of printed pages, in various configurations
Jules Allen  Conceptual, I was drawn to a book contained within a shell.
Tom Bevan  I had a long chat with him.  He was really friendly and interesting.  His pages are also cut, but woven and manipulate into 3d sculptures but still within the book cover.
Just a few of many, and some collective groups, so do look at the website of the event, and other options to see more.

In the afternoon I went for my appointment to see the Boleyn Bible - The Bible proved to be a bit of a shock to start with.  I had it in my head it would be small, having seen others, I was expecting A6/fit in the hand size.  However, this was close on A3, and originally would have been bigger, the Victorians rebound it and chopped it down!  Its a Wycliffe translation, ie English from Latin.  Here's a link to a 2012 newspaper article about the Bible. And a few photos which I was allowed to take.

See how close the Illumination is to the top edge, where its been trimmed down


The Bible is not complete, and at the end some pages of music have been added...

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