This site was originally created to publicise the Book Arts Fair in November. We are gradually merging this site with our original site

Artbookart

Artbookart is the result of the collaborative effort of a small group of artists living and working in Southend, Essex (UK). The group is: Karen Apps, Chris Ruston, Jane Woollatt, Gwen Simpson, Lola Swain and Sally Chinea.

Various skills and experiences are brought together with the aim of facilitating mutual support in our practice. We aim to expand and invite other book artists to network with each other. The site is managed by the group and we have adopted a non profit stance, preferring a spirit of collaboration.

ArtbookArt has grown since its inception and we recently held our first Book Arts Fair in November 2012. We are now in the process of developing workshops for 2013 and in the early stages of organising a second book art show.



We hope to see you there soon.
 
 
 
 
Where is home?
London (north London) is where I've lived since the mid-80s. For many years, City Lit felt like home ... I did so many courses there!

Why book arts?
The physical connection between book and reader/viewer is important; the sense of touch, both physical and metaphorical.

Materials
Humble materials: ink, graphite, wax, thread, and paper of course ... transformed through simple processes and repetitive actions: handwriting, folding, cutting, stitching.

Inspiration
Coincidences, accumulation, simplification, surprises; the ongoing everyday.

http://margaret-cooter.blogspot.co.uk/

 
 
Where is home?
Home is a new studio in our Suffolk garden.

Why book arts? 
I like the craftsmanship involved and the portability, plus, it makes art more accessible to people who wouldn't normally give it a 2nd glance (I hope!).

Materials?
Found objects as bindings, papers & boards appropriate to the project.

Inspiration? 
Life!


http://www.allenbookart.co.uk
 
 
Where is home?
Running barefoot on a long, white-sand beach with the waves breaking over my feet

Why book arts?
A good story collapses time, and weaves together fragmented voices with contemporary images that fire the imagination and evoke strong feelings.

Book art adds that exciting dimension to storytelling for me, and allows me to combine language and emotion with texture and structure

Materials ?
Bark, handmade papers, silk, sand, shells, beads, wire and liquid light

Inspiration?
Memories, myths, imagination and language – many of my books are influenced by my childhood in Africa, the spiritual voices that pull us back to the landscape and the magical art of storytelling.

www.bookspells.com

 
 
Where is home? 
South London
 
Why books arts? 

I like to work in series and I like books.
 

Materials? 

Collage, photography and paint.
 

Inspiration? Nature, nostalgia, travel and topography. Max Ernst, Ed Ruscha and Ray Johnson.
 

 
 
Where is home?
I have two homes: a cosy house in Westcliff on Sea, and the warm pages of my Seawhite sketchbook.

Why books arts?
I like words and pictures.  I like nonsense.  I like making books that make people laugh, or think differently.  I like sharing and swapping books.  I like drawing, planning and using craft skills. I like creating something that can be touched.  I like being surprised by my work. I like being surprised by others.

Materials
Pen, paper, curiosity, screenprinting stuff, and Staple's photocopier.

Inspiration
The Beano, Heinrich Hoffman, history, vanity, and peculiar books from boot fairs and charity shops.

 
 
Where is Home ?
I think I may be going through 'empty nest syndrome ' at the moment -  Home is where my loved ones are and that is ' here , there and everywhere x  - little parts of my heart left in many different places.  Saying that my Husband Loves and feels very connected to Chelmsford - so I am trying to Love Chelmsford more than anywhere else at the moment. 


Why Book Art ?
Books have always been my Best Friends x 

What materials do you use ?
I  often use my own digital images - often my " essexgirl Speaks" images - and I like to use my old singer  hand machine  ( that I bought from leigh on sea when I was 18)  to stitch into my books - with lots of loose threads - one of the last books had lots of rose petals tucked into the pages - just because i could x 

Inspiration ?
My Flickr Contacts - Chigall Spiritual Exhibition that I saw  recently  when I went too Tuscany. The Blogs I read online. 

 
 
Where is home?
Home is being with my partner and my children, wherever they are. I'm quite nomadic, so never really get stuck on a place, although I know I could never live anywhere landlocked.

Why book arts?
From childhood I've recognised that books are a portal to new worlds and opportunities, sometimes offering escape and hope. They are a powerful tool for enabling change. Journals are places of shelter and containment.

What materials do I use?
Anything I can find, there are very few boundaries.

What is my inspiration?
Life, death, rebirth. The belief that nature is more powerful than humans.
Love inspires me.

 
 
Where is home?  
Where the heart is!

Why book arts?  
I made little books as a child. After leaving Harrow School of Art I was a free lance illustrator for 10 years.Now I am interested in learning about all aspects of the ART of the book. I would like to try an altered book, as I struggle with 'desecrating' a book even if it is falling to pieces.  

What materials do you use? 
I like to try new things, and push boundaries, I wish I was much bolder.  

Inspiration? 
Different things and people inspire me.  Artists such as Elizabeth Frink, Rozanne Hawksley and David Hockney.  Grayson Perry is my all time favorite at the moment, and so is Margaret Cooter (a lady of a certain age like myself ) with her blogs about lost words and like Hockney and Perry she is not afraid to try new things and or to learn.