Leeds Artist’s Book Fair this weekend

We’ve been having fun with slate (recycled Welsh roof slates) and labyrinths, Haiku and poems – and splashing about some lovely Pantone inks I got from the great Scrap store in Farsley. (All about labyrinths)

Cleaved, drilled, overlapped,

 enclosing warmth, facing storms.

 Wiped clean; a new day.



We submitted 100 bookmarks to the wonderful Bookmarks XV project this year –

Bookmarks XV

The Bookmarks project, initiated and run by the wonderful Sarah Bodman of UWE, invites book artists to make 100 book marks (all the same or different, any media but have to be a fixed size) which are then distributed to participating bookshops round the world to be given away with books – a change from the mass produced ones. A delightful idea and it has produced some wonderful bookmarks; sadly though this year is the final one of the project.

Running on from our Shakespeare book last year Clare felt this phrase by Polixenes in A Winter’s Tale aptly described the ‘prints’ I’d made by pressing lily flowers. We produced 5 versions (never being able to decide on just one of our experiments!) – plain print on watercolour paper, print on tracing paper machine sewn onto watercolour paper, print on tracing paper machine sewn onto print on watercolour paper, print on tracing paper hand tied onto print on watercolour paper, prints on zigzag tracing paper machine sewn onto watercolour paper and print on zigzag plain paper machine sewn onto plain paper. Phew. There were some other variations but we rejected them….

PAGES Leeds | International Contemporary Artists’ Book Fair

Our stall at the 2016 Book Fair

We’re continuing the bark theme again a bit this year but have also having a new strand of Zigzag Concertina books … including walls, quotes, maps, skylines, pressed flowers and, of course, poems.

Link to our Pages 2017 page

And there’ll be a star appearance by our Tempest book, hot foot from its ‘working holiday’ with the lovely Simon in Sarno, Italy (he took a selection of the books from the 2016 Shakespeare Now! Liverpool Artist’s Book Fair Exhibition to be exhibited there) –

cropped-smallAgain we’ll be using invigilators from the wonderful Leeds Creative Timebank.

Deborah being jolly when invigilating the stall
Deborah being jolly when invigilating the stall
Lynette 'explaining' something to Clare...
Lynette ‘explaining’ something to Clare…

PAGES Leeds | International Contemporary Artists’ Book Fair

Do join us for another exciting Leeds International Artists’ Book Fair

Saturday 5th March 11.00 – 6.00 :  Sunday 6th March 11.00 – 4.00

  We are bringing landscape into the Tetley.

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This year it is even more about bark! Our aim is to connect tree, rock, landscape with words and poems in an imaginative and dynamic way to challenge perception and increase appreciation. An emerging theme is also autobiography – look our for the faded postcard book! The major works on our stall are a result of a collaborative process between us: an artist who loves words and a poet who loves art, who both love trees, rocks and landscape.

This creative relationship builds on a 40 year friendship. We still want to change the world but now it is done through selecting roots to go with pieces of bark and then choosing found phrases from an old paperback. We end up with works which neither of us could or would produce on our own.

We love to talk about artist’s books, see other people’s and learn new things to try. We enjoy a stimulating conversation and lots of laughs. So do come and find us for a chat or add comments/get in touch on this site.

Our page on Pages website – rock-tree-landscape