Sunday, June 2, 2013

Sussex Book Arts at Phoenix Gallery Brighton

Had a great time yesterday at 'OFF THE PAGE - An Afternoon of Books' where we appeared in the Red Room at Phoenix.  We had a drop-in and were glad to see all the wonderful people who visited us.  Amy did really well with her imaginative and curious Invasion of Miniature Books - with one going off to New Zealand before long!  She's waiting for some hot photos to come back too.

Here's a few pics of us with Books in Action -

This was Amy's display
Cutting and sticking for adults - !!

Wow - paper-normous activity - making a giant collaged zig zag book
Good fun was had by all.....   A good way to start off the month of June, and we had sunshine added.  Watch out for the interview that Phoenix did with us - some of the details are on their website.
CATCH up with us again on 2nd July at Ink Spot Press for all the latest in booky, papery things.


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Press & Release Exhibition of Book Art

The Book Art Collective were delighted to have an opportunity of seeing the Book Art Exhibits last night at their meeting.  Although many of us had seen them before, there is so much to see in the show that it was great to have another look.  Jane, Carolina and Dorry gave us a talk each about their pieces of work and we had some discussion about making books, working collaboratively on book projects, the features of book arts that are special and much more ....

This is some us being treated to a lovely talk about book-y things last night.

After a good look round and many remarks of delight, we retired to do some practical things.  Suzanne provided us with some great resources and there was much folding, glue-ing, cutting and lots of other messy stuff which finished off the evening very well!

Our next meeting will be held at INK SPOT PRESS on Tuesday 21 May, 2013.  See you there!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Labyrinth of Darkness - New York, Kim L Pace

You are all welcome to:
Labyrinth of Darkness at the Czech Center, New York 
May 21st, 2013 7:00 PM

Artists/film makers include:
Jiri Trnka; Jiri Barta; Bretislav Pojar; Robert Morgan; Karen Yasinsky; Brothers Quay; James Lowne; William Cobbing; Kim L Pace; Katerina Athanasopoulou; Hiraki Sawa.

Image (left) ‘Let It Out’, 2011, Kim L Pace
Conceived by visual artist Kim L Pace, ‘Labyrinth of Darkness’ includes a diverse selection of films that juxtaposes contemporary international artists’ works, alongside examples from pioneering Czech animators. The aim is to bring to light common thematic concerns, narrative devices and techniques between the films, thereby facilitating a dialogue between past and present.

Bodily metaphors, which historically enabled numerous Czech animators to construct meaningful ambivalence and subvert authority within a rigorously controlled context, resonate throughout the contemporary works. Body parts are often objectified in the films – and perhaps point to the increasingly alienating technological environments in which many of us live and work. 

Czech Center
321 East 73rd Street
NY 10021 New York
United States
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Monday, April 15, 2013

Press & Release 2013 - Exhibition of Artists' books at the Phoenix

Coming up!

Although we are having a leisurely private tour of the Press & Release show, Phoenix Gallery, at our Book Arts Collective meeting on 21 May, perhaps you will want to have a look before that.  Don't forget that the show opens 27 April.  Two of the Collective's members will have work in the show - Sarah Bryant and Dorry Smallman.   The Private View is on 26 April ....  Details

On 1 June from 2 - 5pm we, the Sussex Book Art Collective, will also be taking part in 'Off The Page' - an afternoon of books - described as 'A stimulating mix of illustrated talks, drop-in workshops, networking opportunities, cafe and more'.  Come and see what we are up to !  And you might like to try your hand ..... 'nuff said!

What's a blog without a few images, so here we go -

Dorry's piece, called Chick Lit - a more unusual format for Book Art!

And -

One of Dorry's hand-made books with jacket

Friday, April 5, 2013

Further exciting news!

Having already blogged that we are now going to meet on 21 May at the Phoenix Gallery, a further
surprise -

During the evening I have arranged for us to have a private viewing of the PRESS AND RELEASE 2013 Book Arts Show. 

Not only is that great for us all to have a long look, the evening will be mainly given over to the tour so that we can have some discussion about the pieces of work on show, and talk about what interests us the most, as well as perhaps getting some further inspiration for our own work.

So, thanks go to the Phoenix for this fab opportunity.   And, all you book artists out there - be there - and join in the fun!

At the last meeting, Suzanne kindly offered to bring some of her multitude of papers, cutouts, stamps, images etc etc for us to have a practical session too.  So, there will be plenty to keep us all occupied on the 21st May.  Book it in your diary now so you don't forget.

And whilst on the subject of BookS - Anyone like OLDER books?  Here are some pages from a handwritten and drawn book dating back to the 1800s.  I love the map of Matrimony.   Enjoy!  (and thanks Helen for allowing the photos)

Next Meeting of the Collective


The next meeting of the Book Art Collective is going to be on 21 May.  The venue has CHANGED tho.  We will now meet at
Phoenix Gallery
10-14 Waterloo Place, Brighton, BN2 9NB
Opposite St Peters Church

Map is at

Programme for the evening will follow soon.

Also, a note to all book art enthusiasts -
Don't forget, before that, the PRESS & RELEASE 2013 Book Art Show will be at the Phoenix Gallery.  It opens to the public on 27 April, and goes through to 9 June.  Both Sarah Bryant and Dorry Smallman have work in the show.

And something for all the paper artists who love the stuff - here's a sample of Dorry's hand-made marbled papers  -

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

We are now on Facebook - look us up!

Have a look at us on Facebook - and how about posting something?  Go'on you know you want to!  Here's the link -

The first meeting!

Last Thursday (28th March), we met at Ink Spot Press to launch the Sussex Book Art Collective....

Dorry Smallman presented some ideas for the possible shape of the group, and we all chipped in about what might happen and things we'd like to do in coming meetings.

We agree to share projects, knowledge and ideas - what we're up to, as well as work on commonly themed ones...
The first project is to create a piece of work or book around the idea of 'teaching someone to be us for the day'. It could be images, text, whatever you choose.

Then Sarah Bryant showed us her beautifully crafted books - a real treat, as they are not only precision made but also fascinating in content.
Detail of one of Sarah's books - all hand done on a letter press

Sarah's Letter Press
We followed a demo by Sarah and printed a small piece of text each
Thanks to Dorry for kicking off an exciting group, and to Sarah for sharing her work and skills...

Guest blogger first session: Kim L Pace
Books are part of my practice which also includes drawing, film and installation.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Exciting! First Meeting of Sussex Book Art Collective!

If you are fascinated with book art in its many and varying forms, we are the place to be ...

Join us for our inaugural meeting - details below.  We are forming this group devoted to the discussion and practice of book arts, including bookbinding, letterpress, altered books, artists' books, paper cutting, collage, silk screen for books, collage, and other paper-related art.

Our meetings will include discussions, workshopping, ideas, practical demonstrations, talks and any other brilliant bookarts-o-sphere happenings. 

We will be run by members and a small charge of £3 is payable to cover costs.

So - Sussex Book Art Collective is up and running!  Check out our profile to see what we are all about......

Come to our first meeting in Brighton on Thursday 28 March at 7 pm, and meet us at INK SPOT PRESS - map and directions below.  Take part in a letterpress demonstration.  Sarah Bryant, an award-winning Ink Spot tutor who produces letterpress-printed artists books as Big Jump Press will show us a few of her books and guide us through the process of printing from metal type.  Everyone will leave with a printed card.  Have some fun and come along!

Here's some more of Sarah's work, and a picture of Sarah AT work!

Here she is -

Sarah Bryant is a letterpress printer and bookbinder specializing in the production of editioned artist's books under her imprint Big Jump Press.  These books have been featured in exhibitions around the United States and are included in dozens of special collections, including the Yale Arts Library, The Houghton Library at Harvard, the New York Public Library and the Darling Bio-medical Library at UCLA.  In 2011, Bryant won the MCBA prize for her book Biography.  She has taught book arts courses for the Uni of Georgia, the Uni of Alabama MFA in the Book Arts Program and Wells College.  She currently lives in Brighton, United Kingdom, and teaches bookbinding and letterpress printing workshops there and across the United States.

Ink Spot Press is at Module 1, Enterprise Point, Melbourne Street, Brighton BN2 3LH.  The entrance to the studio is to the right of the front entrance, round the side.,-0.124004&spn=0.015516,0.03577

Buses:  From Town Centre to Sainsbury’s, Lewes Road  Take 49 or 49a (Moulsecoomb) / 25 (Universities). Alight at Melbourne St. 

Directions from Brighton Station: Exit the station to the bus stand outside the front entrance, take the 48 bus (Lower Bevendean) alight at Melbourne Street. Or exit the Station via Trafalgar Street (directly under concourse), walk down Trafalgar Street to main London Road junction. Take 49,49a (Moulsecoomb) northbound from St. Peter’s Church. Alight at Melbourne Street.