PRESS & RELEASE EXHIBITION: SPECIAL EVENT
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An Afternoon of Books
Saturday 1 June, 2 – 5 pm, £1 entry
Immerse yourself in a lively mix of talks, workshops and special events, and learn more about resources and networks for book artists. Borbonesa, a collaborative trio of book artists, will give an illustrated talk about their work, Jakie Batey shows you how to make zines, and Lucy May Schofield will offer visitors a session of 'bibliotherapy'. You can also roll up your sleeves and try some drop-in workshops covering simple book formats, collage and working with downloadable books; there will be a café, stalls, networking activities and more. Check the website for full details.
Since the Summer I've been gathering material to create an edition of 30 pamphlets documenting the 'Blackburn Book Archive' project. Inspired by funny stories from local paper mill workers, sublime book recommendations from courageous men and delicate confessional mono-prints. The 16pp soft back book has been created for the people of Blackburn though I have a few copies left available.
On Monday I took my Bibliotherapy Artist's Book Library to Newcastle where I parked up outside the library and opened the boot to tempt the heavy hearts of Blaydon to share their woes with me in the blazing sun, while I prescribed them some reading relief. I also described and read from some of the wonderful books in BABL to an inspiring visually impaired book group.
On Sunday I headed to Yorkshire to perform BABL on a super double decker route master bus as part of the Hebden Bridge Arts festival. Despite the fateful football cries from the pub, I was kept busy prescribing artists' books to those who were captivated by words not goals. BABL will be on the bus once more this Sunday 4th July for a free perusal between 2pm - 6pm.
Three meters of typed text rising from the baby blue Imperial 200 is installed at 'Odd', George Street, Hastings for the duration of the Coastal Currents festival. The Bibliotherapy Artist's Book Library was in residence at' Odd', providing prescriptions and micro loans to the curious. The window text forms the narration of 4 weeks of solitude in Scalloway, Shetland, unedited, uninhibited, unapologetic, hung for the reading.
An exclusive invitation from the first Aberfeldy Book festival took me on a monumental train journey north to the warm, tea drinking Temple gallery for a weekend of windows and workshops. A sea of paper boats were cut, folded and hung by the comfort of the roaring fire, while locals tentatively peered in to see what all the laughing and smiling was about. By Saturday morning word in the town was out that sail boats bobbed in mid-air on Dunkeld Street. A well attended mini book making workshop followed and was received with enthusiasm. By sunset I was racing through the exquisite landscape to seek my own life boat in Edinburgh for a dose of unique hugs and a rice pudding supper.