Archive | April, 2013

Calligraphy & Bookmaking @BABF

29 Apr
'Derwent' by John Strachan. 62 x 36 cms, Chinese Xuan paper, Chinese inks,
‘Derwent’ by John Strachan. 62 x 36 cms, Chinese Xuan paper, Chinese inks,

Friday 14th June 10-12 Calligraphy Writing with Dr Manny Ling. Booking Details

Dr Manny Ling is a world renowned calligrapher and he is an Honorary Fellow of the Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society. He is a also Senior lecturer in Design at the University of Sunderland. His work is featured in numerous publications and he has exhibited in the UK, France, Finland and Australia.

This taster session will introduce you to the writing of calligraphy with a broad edged pen. You will be introduced to the main tools and materials for calligraphy. We will be exploring the Italic script with pen, ink and paper. The session will introduce you to the fundamental principles of calligraphy such as pen angle, proportion, rhythm, etc. The workshop will provide all tools and materials.

Words Set Free, 23 x 23 cms, Pyrography, gouache, metal leafs
Words Set Free, 23 x 23 cms, Pyrography, gouache, metal leafs
Deidre Thompson 'Altogether'
Deidre Thompson ‘Altogether’

Friday 14th June 2-4pm  ‘Lets be Books’ with with Deidre Thompson  Booking details

In this workshop Deidre will look at traditional methods of bookbinding that can be used to make notebooks or for binding of “artist book, using basic hand tools and looking at resources and materials.

Green by Deidre Thompson
Green by Deidre Thompson

Deidre Thompson is a stationery bookbinder.  She makes books to commission. These books have honest structures and made from good and true materials. Goatskin, linen thread, beeswax, colour pigments, marbled paper and rag paper.

Thompson makes books to record the celebration around a birth or a marriage, a book that honors a life or a death. Books for love and for hate.

Books that look like the way you feel inside.

Books for artists, poets, designers, printers, scientists and dads.

Books that are bold, brave, strong, dynamic, sturdy and lovely.

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Heritage and play in print & books

22 Apr

Connecting with the Ouseburn Trust’s latest engaging heritage project, ‘Beyond the Map’, a selection of  women accessing Tyneside Women’s Health Centre are planning and designing a series of hand made books exploring the theme of leisure and play.

Cluny from above


Recent work by women attending the Print & Book Making  afternoon explores themes and ideas around childhood play and leisure time using experimental printing and new techniques.


Printmaking @the Welly, Hartlepool

20 Apr

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New horizons @CCAD for BA Applied Arts For Enterprise students

19 Apr

Final year BA Applied Arts For Enterprise students have used the Artist’s Book format to explore the intellectual themes arising from their dissertation research.  They recently exhibited work @Empty Shop, Durham.

They will be exhibiting their work during the BALTIC Artist’s Book Fair in the Archive & Library on Level 2 throughout the two days and will be available to  offer visitors a personal insight into their working practice .ccadwork

I recently caught up with some of the students to discuss plans for the Fair & their exhibition.  While in Hartlepool I caught  an exhibition by Claire A Baker, showing an excellent exhibition  in the quirky shop come gallery (Folio Gallery) in Church Square, Hartlepool.  Worth a visit.

CCAD Claire A Barker

Wallsend Intergenerational Service and hands on printing

18 Apr

The Intergenerational group based in Wallsend, North Tyneside bring fresh from the press ideas using their unique collection of objects, memorabilia and enthusiastic spirit.

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The Team of volunteers have a wealth of experience in Intergenerational work.  They bring different generations together in order to better understand  each other.  The Intergenerational Service has a proud tradition of  promoting mutual understanding and leanrning between generations.

The Team will be working with Theresa Easton and a group of pupils from Richardson Dees School, creating a hand printed and designed book exploring the issues and themes addressing the Intergenerational gap.

Work generated from the project will be exhibited at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art as part of the BALTIC Artist’s Book Fair in early June.

This  project is funded through Arts Council England and is part of the Festival of the North East.

Hartlepool, bookmaking @the Welly!

14 Apr

Print & Bookmaking @the Welly in Hartlepool.  The session included a whole morning of bookmaking from Chap Map Books, Japanese Stab Bound and a seven hole pamphlet stitch.

Chap Map Books

The project is attempting to explore the theme of identity and what it is like, as a young person, to live in Hartlepool.

The afternoon session began with a brief brainstorming exploring aspects of Hartlepool.  As a non-Hartlepool person, I learnt a few things about the town, park, history, seaside and a bit of dialect!  The groups chose to explore positive and negatives – happy to see the positives easily outweighed the negatives!




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Participants then used these brainstorming ideas to develop a series of collages using newspaper, stamps, simple printmaking, calligraphy pens to illustrate some of the themes.  These ideas will then be developed into silk-screen prints.

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The Sunderland Book Project: inspiration for Fabulous Books, Fantastic Places.

3 Apr

The inspiration for Fabulous Books, Fantastic Places came from The Sunderland Book Project, Theresa Easton’s international artist’s book project, on show at the McGuiness Gallery (Bishop Auckland) and The Last Chapter (Sheffield).

Contributor Julie Macbean talks about her introduction to The Sunderland Book Project.

My entry to the Sunderland Book project marked a return to my interest of industrial heritage, after 9 months working on a memory project for my MA.
I have recently taken up the appointment of ‘Artist in Residence’ at the Darlington Campus of Teesside University, where I aim to produce a body of work that responds to the local environments and landmarks of Darlington, famous for its railway heritage. Seeing the town through the eyes of the Flaneur, and collecting visual inspiration as the Urban Spectator, looking at what is present today and how it is informed by its historical past. 
I have two scheduled solo shows this year to showcase this new work, the first will be in August at the Constantine Gallery in Middlesbrough campus, Teesside University. and the second will be in October / November in the Crown Street Gallery in Darlington. This venue will also be hosting ‘The big draw’ at the same time, with this in mind I am concentrating more on drawing in my work. I am also investigating printmaking as a source of artistic material to use in further artist books. Within the residency I work one day a week as a Fine Art Printroom Technician, where I have been working with students on creative courses, demonstrating ways to use bookbinding to enhance their written and visual assignments. 
I am currently engaged with an ‘Emerging Curators programme’ with Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA), where next year I hope to use my new skills to curate art exhibitions that give emerging artists a platform to show their work. 
I was a recent finalist in ‘The Best of Darlington Awards 2013’, shortlisted to the last three for my contributions to the Arts.
Inspired by the Sunderland Book Project I have submitted work into the ‘sketchbook project 2013’ which tours to 8 venues in Canada and America, and contributed to three international Print exchanges in USA and Canada and UK. I also considering starting a Tees Valley Book project similar to the Sunderland project in the near future. 
This year my work has been selected for the ‘Simple Pleasures’ Exhibition in the ‘Washington Arts Centre’, and in the ‘County Durham Open Exhibition’ in the ‘Bowes Museum’, Barnard Castle. It has also been exhibited in a variety of local Art and Business venues in the Tees Valley.

Julie Macbean will be one of the Sunderland Book Project contributors invigilating The Sunderland Book Project during BALTIC Artist’s Book Fair 14th & 15th June 2013 and available to speak to personally about her practice.


Julie Macbean 'Made in Sunderland'

Julie Macbean ‘Made in Sunderland’

The next deadline for submitting work for the Sunderland Book Project @BALTIC Artist’s Book Fair is 1st June.  Download an application & guidance notes HERE