Monday, March 16, 2015

March Book Art with Ottilie Hainsworth and Rosie Sherwood

On 14 March 2015 Sussex Book Arts Collective had another inspirational session with two very talented guest book artists Ottilie Hainsworth and Rosie Sherwood.

Image below: Rosie Sherwood, In the Gutter (2013), project in paper, resin, and bronze, 
exploring how the comic book space is used to visualise time.

Meeting Introduction:

Dorry Smallman (Sussex Book Art Forum founder) made an announcement that the next Book Arts Collective meeting will take place on the 25th of April 2015. For those on who have joined us, these book art events will now only be advertised on the Meetup Sussex Artists, and the Meetup Creative Arts pages, so please look there for further news. 

Mariya Ustymenko spoke of the upcoming book fair opportunities, making a suggestion for Sussex Book Arts Collective regulars to exhibit collectively at the following events that are coming up in the next few months. These events include:
Alternative Takeover 2015, Saturday 9th of May (London)

In the second event of our Takeover Series, we’ll be taking over 47/49 Tanner Street with a day that champions all radical publishing – from its independent bookshops and publishers to its DIY-ers; the small press, self-publishers, and zinesters.

If you would like to participate in the joint submission for the table at the fair, please, contact Dorry or Mariya by the 20th of March.   





DIY Cultures 2015 at Rich Mix, Sunday 24th of May (London)

There will be a FREE communal table for people with one-off zines to sell at the event above. Bring your zines on the day!

Other Book Arts Events Not to Miss
Liverpool Artists Books Fair, 4th of July (Liverpool) submissions open
Turn the Page 2015, 1st and 2nd of May (Norwich) submissions closed
Sheffield International Artist's Book Prize, closing date: 31st May 2015

Also watch out for Press and Release 2016 Artist's Book exhibition submission guidelines to appear soon at

Above: Paper theatre project.

Our guest speaker Ottilie Hainsworth ( was the first to talk about her starting points, working with recycled materials, books as tactile objects, and the challenges of working very small.
Ottilie is currently running drop in drawing and book making Thursday sessions in Brighton and you can now follow the artist on Twitter.

Our next guest speaker Rosie Sherwood talked about her work, which is often photography based,and inspired by comics, as well as her experiences as an independent micropublisher (AYU Publishing) and the editor of the international zine Elbow Room, open to submission in all media.

In the Gutter - Limited First Edition of 5, Copyright 2013

The session concluded with the networking time spent perusing the wonderful work brought by our guest speakers.

We are on Facebook too -  Please 'like' us while you are there!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Great Book Art Session coming up!

Don't forget, it's our Book Art Session on Saturday morning, 14th March 2015.  It's something wonderful to do on a Saturday, and it is bound to be a stimulating session with our two guest visitors coming along to tell us all about their Book Art Work.  It begins at 10.30 am, so don't be late for this forthcoming event.  Only just over a week to go!

Our visitors are Ottilie Hainsworth ( and Rosie Sherwood (, both experienced in the book art processes and ready to wow us with a glimpse into their talented and accomplished arty worlds.  See our previous blog entry for more details, and make sure you BOOK the morning off from the usual stuff to come along and join us.  Everyone is welcome - you might just be curious, you may be good at book art work, you may be a beginner.  We will be pleased to meet you.  Just turn up at The Phoenix Gallery, Waterloo Place, Brighton ( to sit in and see what is happening, 10.30 to 12.30.

As well, we are going to have a chat about forthcoming ideas for collaborations, selling stuff, being in shows and other such delights, so ....   especially useful if you want to move forward with your booky/papery art work and be seen out there in other places on the planet.

We are on Facebook too -  Please 'like' us while you are there!

By the way, if you are a member of Meetup, look on the Creative Arts in Brighton Meetup page - we have moved to there recently.