MA Multidisciplinary Printmaking student Catherine Cartwright of Double Elephant Print Workshop reports on a recent loan of artists’ books and bookmaking tools from the Centre for Fine Print Research, with an exhibition opening in Exeter:
This five-week project was specifically for adults with mental health problems; the environment, atmosphere and tutor/participant ratio aimed to make the course a supportive, friendly and creative space. We welcomed a keen sign-up of 9 participants and there was much enthusiasm about the project. Each Monday in May and June we spent the day in both Exeter Library and Double Elephant exploring artists’ books; making, looking at and handling books of from CFPR’s collection, and chatting.
We began with accordion folds, quickly progressing to ‘slot and tab’ books and simple stitch binding. We explored making stamps using erasers and foam. Monoprinting and collage also combined with the book forms we learnt. I ran the project with fellow Double Elephant artist Paula Youens. Bookbinder Nina Fenner came and ran a special ‘master’ session in the final week. This project was part of a bigger run of Artist’s Book-Printmaking sessions we ran with Double Elephant at other libraries in Devon, including Ivybridge and Tiverton.
There will be an exhibition of the artists’ books made by the participants at Exeter Library from 1st August – 30th September 2016.