We had a great meeting on Saturday morning with lots of new faces joining and enjoyed a fascinating peek into the world that Jackie Batey of dampflat.com has created in her book art and zines. The response from the group after her visit has been very enthusiastic and many of us went away so inspired that we were thinking we couldn't wait to start some new work immediately!
Jackie showed us lots of her work and her wit and humour shone through all the lovely stuff she brought along. It is amazing to think she talks about anxieties and then manages to create work about them in such a playful way. She obviously collects loads of ephemera which feeds into her publications. And we were glad to hear she had moved from her damp flat to more of a dry bungalow..... although retaining her identity as dampflat books seems like a brilliant idea.
Jackie generously shared lots of tips for making work. For example how inexpensive stationery materials can be used instead of the more expensive art papers, and what web sites are useful for self-publishing (or even selfie-publishing!), mentioning 'blurb' and 'lulu' among others.
We also heard from one of our members about the forthcoming Artists Book Fair in Norwich. A long way off, in May 2015, although worth attending by the sound of it. Apparently, it's curated and set out well, and it's called Turn the Page, and takes place in The Forum in Norwich, if anyone fancies a trip. If anyone does eventually go, it would be valuable to hear all about it at one of our sessions afterwards.
There's also the London Art Book Fair at the Whitechapel from 26 - 28 September, which hosts lots of publishing houses stands.
Looking forward to our next meeting at Phoenix Gallery again at 10.30 am on Saturday morning 15 November 2014, and the subsequent possible Workshop we will be doing.