Book Arts

ABC – archive of events 2009-2018

ABC Autumn 2013

Founded by Lilla Duignan, artists’ books club is for students based at Bower Ashton

ABC coordinators for the academic year 2017-2018 are Cathey Webb and Gen Harrison:

Cathey has a keen interest in artists’ books and makes small editions using a variety of printmaking techniques.

Gen seeks to be a purveyor of inky joy whose interest in Artists’ Books comes from an interest in the context, conveyance and containment (or not) of words.

Over the course of this year we hope to inspire you to make artists books by showing some easy book-making techniques, exploring collections of artists’ books and hearing about the work of other book artists. Our overall project for the year is based on the theme FOUND. We hope you will join in by making a book on the theme to show in the Library’s artist’s book display cases.

Some of the meetings this year will be held in the library, or another location, so check here if you are unsure where to meet.

Timetable of meetings

Thursday 26th October 2017
12:30 – 13:30 Library
Intro to ABC 2017-18, making simple folded books and exploring UWE Artists Book Collection

Thursday 2nd November 2017
12:30 – 13:30 Portakabin 1
Talk by Theresa Easton, book artist, printer, and founder member of Artists Union England

Thursday 23rd November 2017
Kate Holland from the Designer Bookbinders will be doing demos in the library today – edge decoration in the morning and inlays and onlays in the afternoon, open to all.
11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm.

Thursday 7th December 2017
12:30 – 13:30 Portakabin 1
Making Pop-up-books / cards

Thursday 25th January 2018
12:30 – 13:30 Library
Micro-workshop FOUND poetry with Jeremy Dixon of Hazard Press.

Thursday 15th February 2018
12:30 – 13:30 Library
Making needle thread pockets and pamphlet books, FOUND project and other updates.

Thursday 15th March 2018
13:00 – 14:00 Portakabin 1
View and discuss a sample of books from Arnolfini’s artist’s book collection.

Thursday 12th April 2018
12:30 – 13:30 Library
Show & Tell ABC Members – bring your books, FOUND project progress.

Thursday 10th May 2018
12:30 – 13:30 Room 1B4
Your chance to explore, combine techniques, play and make session. FOUND project – bring your books.

ABC coordinators 2016-2017

Leonie Bradley
Leonie Bradley is an artist, filmmaker and member of the Society of Wood Engravers.

Catherine Cartwright

Catherine Cartwright is a multi-disciplinary artist, working primarily with printmaking, drawing and film.

Miranda Harris

Artist / poet / printmaker.

ABC Meetings for academic year 2016-2017 in Portakabin 1

20th October 12.30 – 1.30 Intro & PRACTICAL Butterfly fold
17th November 12.30 – 1.30 TALK – Sarah Bodman
8th December 12.30 – 1.30 PRACTICAL – Slot & tab
26th January 12.30 – 1.30 TALK – Angie Butler
23rd February 12.30 – 1.30 TALK – Lilla Duignan
23rd March 12.30 – 1.30 PREPARATION – BABE
1st-2nd April 12.30 – 1.30 BABE at Arnolfini,
18th May 12.30 – 1.30 PRACTICAL – Simple binding

ABC in 2015/16 report

It was a busy year for The ABC at UWE, with members’ books on show at venues around the UK, including Turn the Page in Norwich, the Artist’s Book Fair at the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh and the Library Exhibition here at Bower Ashton. Some members attended the Livres de Artistes conference at Cardiff University in December and we also had opportunity to take part in a group project (the Cracker book Project, organised by Corrine Welch).

Our monthly meetings were very well attended not only by printmaking students but also by students from several other creative disciplines at UWE. As well as practical sessions, and discussions about work in progress, we have had talks by artists from other book clubs and book arts students from Spike Print. J. Hewit & Sons Ltd. the bookbinding suppliers came to one meeting tempting us with their goodies (and giving practical advice) and we spent our last session having great fun with hired badge makers. The ABC membership has continued to grow.

ABC coordinators 2015-2016

Kate Bernstein
Kate is a book artist and binder. Her contemporary work is inspired by historical sources.

Kate Williamson
Kate is a sculptor and printmaker. Like all her work, her artists’ books are often playful, sometimes sinister, always intriguing.

ABC timetable for the academic year 2015-2016

Coordinators Kate Bernstein and Kate Williamson

Semester 1

15th October – display of artists’ books and intro to ABC

12th November – demonstration of how to make 2 basic book structures.

10th December – visit from John Pursey (J. Hewit & Sons)

Semester 2

14th January

18th February

10th March

14th April

ABC coordinator for 2014-2015 was Stephanie Turnbull

ABC in 2014-2015

Book fair, Sunday 19 October 2014: ABC with Impact Press at Counter artist’s book fair, Plymouth Arts Centre. We have a stand for Impact Press at Counter Plymouth on 19th October. ABC members are welcome to submit books, please deliver with a price list to Sarah in OC4 before 16th October.
Lecture, Roni Gross, Thursday 23 October 2014: ABC’s first in-house event of the semester is a talk on Thursday 23rd October by visiting artist Roni Gross, with a hands-on show and tell of They Cast No Shadows, 25 years of Hallowe’en works published by Roni Gross under the imprint Zitouna Press.

General meetings

Thursday 27 November 2014, 1pm-2pm Portakabin 1
Planning for events and exhibitions in 2015
Thursday 15 January 2015, 1pm-2pm Portakabin 1
Open meeting / show and tell
Thursday 19 March 2015, 1pm-2pm Portakabin 1
Open meeting / show and tell
Thursday 21 May 2015, 1pm-2pm Portakabin 1
Student and alumni end of year meeting

ABC coordinators for 2013-2014 were Helen Thomas and Bernard Fairhurst

Helen Thomas

Helen comes to book arts from an eclectic background of textiles and stitch, paper construction and mainly relief printmaking. She creates book forms which are playful, puzzling and tactile, which may or may not include written and letter forms. Before discovering art, her work was in public policy and women’s history.

Bernard Fairhurst

Bernard has worked with book arts, photography, video, and more recently print. With a wide range of academic qualifications in science, psychology and fine art, he works with assemblages of images working to elicit engagement with the visual world.

ABC in 2013-14

Our programme this year will revolve around three themes. During Autumn 2013 we aim to inspire and engage you to explore book arts, and together we will create a series of folded books for What’s In The Box? From January to March the focus will be on making folded books. The summer months will see us working towards our first ever Summer Exhibition during Degree Show week in early June 2014.

Archived ABC events and pages

ABC Spring update

Andrew Eason visit and discussion group, group meetings and feedback sessions, news of SBC Facebook page.

New Year Beginning 2012

Details of meeting on 2nd February 2012, announcement of ABC facebook group

ABC Autumn update and Winter prospective

The Artists Books Club is being extended and supported this year by the Bind and Unwind bookbinding circle run by Alice Drake and will run every 2nd 3rd and 4th Thursday of the month.

Spring 2011

We are preparing for the abc stand at Bristol Artists’ Books Event (BABE) over the weekend of April 30 and May 1. ABC meeting Thursday 12th May 2011: guest speaker: Bronwen Bradshaw. The meeting is in conjunction with celebrating artists’ books club’s second birthday.

ABC year beginning 2011

The end of year (2010) ABC trip included both a visit to Book Arts Bookshop, where Angie Butler’s London launch of her Miss Carol Project took place, and to Small Publisher’s Fair, where Sally Alatalo’s Sara Ranchouse Publishing featured in the Events Programme. February 2011 BABE book fair stand – the directors lead a presentation and discussion of the abc information pack.

ABC Autumn 2010

November 12th – A trip to The Small Publisher’s Fair, London: plus a visit to The Book Arts Bookshop, to see Angie Butler’s Miss Carol Project / browse the shop.

December 16th and January 2011 – Open forum, facilitated by ABC members BABE discussion and organisation (Jan) Information regarding the forthcoming Doverodde Book Arts Fair, Denmark

ABC Summer 2010 – Angie Butler and Natalie McGrorty’s trip to Doverodde

April – May 2010 featured: A round up of news and events from abc’s first year and a look forward to the Doverodde Book Arts Festival in Denmark that Angie Butler and Natalie McGrorty will be attending and running the abc stand – work will feature (and hopefully be sold!) from UWE Staff and MA Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking students (who are ABC members) and ‘friends’ who are showing include MA Printmaking Staff and Students from The University of Wales.

January-March 2010 featured: Net info – to stay connected, check out Bristol Art Diary at, a really inclusive timetable diary of arts events.
a r t b a b b l e – a most useful feature of this site is the notes that accompany each video; use the site, created by the Indianapolis Museum of Art, to access videos from sources including the Museum of Modern Art and PBS-TV series "Art:21." Reference different categories by artists, series, and channels. Includes diverse artists from Ida Applebroog, through Richard Tuttle to Michel Gondry.

December 2009 featured: Guidelines to Critical Discourse :The context: an environment where we each feel psychologically and physically comfortable, with an atmosphere of trust and openness. Also, Collaboration: two heads are better than one – or are they? some "questions of collaboration" you could ask…

Spike Artist Book and Zine Fair 31st October 2009

At Halloween abc and friends made their debut appearance at Spike Island. It was made possible by the 21 people who contributed their work for showing on the day. We had a fantastic and eclectic range of work including multiples, zines, bookworks, badges, reconfigured books, and postcards, which all looked great together and made for a really successful day with something to interest everyone.

8th October 2009 – abc held OShO (official shelf opening) to celebrate a feast of source materials housed on a shelf – catalogues, artists’ books, newsletters and other related archival material to facilitate research, reflection and historical contextualization of book arts practice …