Archive | May, 2013

Bookmaking @ BALTIC

29 May
Stitching Books@ BALTIC

Stitching Books@ BALTIC

The last print & bookmaking session with women from Tyneside Women’s Health culminated in a library of books being made for their exhibition of work as part of the Fabulous Books, Fantastic Places project with artist Theresa Easton.  The session took place in the studio at BALTIC.

Quay Space, Level 2 presents an exhibition of all the participatory work made by a whole host of enthusiastic participants, including women from Newcastle, Gateshead and North Tyneside.  The participants designed and printed a series of hand stitched books for the exhibition.  Based around the theme of play & leisure, in the Ouseburn Valley & Byker, the group spent 8 weeks exploring printmaking technique and bookmaking ideas.  A visit from Kitty Porteous, from the Ouseburn Trust, set the scene and established the role of heritage interpretation and the role visual art has to play.  Complimenting Alex Henry’s delivery for Beyond the Map with the Ouseburn Trust (a six-month digital storytelling project), the women explored themes play, music, past-times and children’s books in their Japanese Stab Bound Books.

The work is on display @BALTIC until the 23rd June, Level 2, Quay Space and forms part of BALTIC Artist’s Book Fair (June 14th & 15th) celebrating the Festival of the North East.  Entry to the book fair is FREE with plenty of exhibition stalls, activities and exhibitions. There’s a lot going on up North!

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Last few sessions of print & bookmaking @The Welly in Hartlepool

19 May

The group of young people and youth workers at the Welly in Hartlepool are gearing up for the final stages of the Fabulous Books Fantastic Places project and have been making some mini books with their off cut prints.  Its an excellent way to re-cycle those ‘not quite finished prints’ or ‘that print didn’t come out exactly the way I planned!’

The work will be exhibited as part of the  BALTIC Artist’s Book Fair  June 14th & 15th and be on display until 23rd June

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Mini Books

Mini Books

Mini Books

Mini Books

Mini Books

Mini Books

The group have been tackling silk screen printing, understanding layers and registration techniques.  In bookmaking, we have tried Japanese Stab Bound, pamphlet stitch and more recently some paper folding techniques.

Paper folds

Paper folds

Paper folds

Paper folds

Paper folds

Paper folds

Paper folds

Paper folds

Paper folds

Paper folds

50 word stories from Greenfield Community Arts Centre

17 May

Task: create a 50 word story, illustrate and make a book.

The Dancer

Once there was a girl who was a Dancer. 

She fell off the stage and broke her leg.

She went to the doctor and they put a pot on her leg.

She never ever danced again.

She sang a song and felt better.

Now her hobby was singing not disco dancing.

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The Printer

The printer swirled the spatula in the ink and spread red across the table.

A streak like blood. 

She rolled the printed words. TOMORROW YOU WILL DIE.

Her brow furrowed her knuckles white ice fury. There was no way he was going to get away with doing that to her.

To be continued…….

Richardson Dees School & the Intergenerational Volunteer Team create some fantastic prints

14 May

Students from Richardson Dees Primary School have been working with The Intergenerational Team of volunteers at Wallsend to create some amazing work using printmaking techniques, drawing and calligraphy.

Students even had a go at writing using ancient runes, as well as trying their hand at writing with a quill and bamboo pen.  The work will be completed by the team and form a collaborative book to be exhibited as part of the Fabulous Books Fantastic Places exhibition at BALTIC in June, part of the Festival of the North East’s celebratory events.

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Pippa McKever  has fascilitated  the team for a number of years and gives an informative insight into her practice……

Pippa McKever is a freelance Intergenerational coordinator. She began her work in 1993 and since then has worked regionally, nationally and internationally. Her background is as an Occupational Therapist in Dementia care, lecturer in further and higher education and has an MA in Community and Youth Work.

Her working practice with generations is primarily through partnerships across many disciplines. She has recently become a UK and European Trainer for intergenerational Practice. Closer to home, her work could not be possible without the support of the Intergenerational Team of experienced younger and older volunteers.

 Her work is called Bridging The Gap and is an Intergenerational resource that provides facilitation and training . Its aim is to bring younger and older people together in their communities,

 Through shared and meaningful  activities it is hoped that generations may increase their understanding of each other, dispel myths and stereotypes , share knowledge and skills and ultimately challenge age related discrimination.

 The opportunity to involve younger and older people in print and book making has become a vehicle for:

  • Dispelling misconceptions
  • Increasing understand of mutual learning, problem solving and cooperation
  • Provided a unique exploration of Wallsend heritage and local identity
  • Given participants new skills to share with the wider community
  • Taken each participant on a personal journey which has considered their own past, present and future.
  • Raised cultural and personal aspirations by enabling participants to visit a significant gallery and exhibit their achievements 

Before bringing the two groups together, Pippa worked with students from Richardson Dees exploring them myths around ageing and raising awareness through discussion and drawings

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Over 30 participants are exhibiting at BALTIC Artist’s Book Fair 14th & 15th June 2013

10 May

Pink Parrot Press

Pink Parrot Press

Art Editions North
Art Editions North
Joshua Cobbin/Off Topic Collective

Joshua Cobbin

Sheffield International Artist’s Book Prize
Shieffield International Artist's Book Prize
Sara Wicks
Sara Wicks
Brittany Coxon
Brittany Coxon
LydiaWysocki
LydiaWysocki
Michelle Holland
Michelle Holland
Malcolm Gibson
Malcolm Gibson
Rachel Gibson
Rachel Gibson
Susan Davis
Susan Davis
Sue Bennett
Sue Bennett
AM Bruno
AM Bruno
North Tyneside Council Adult Learning Alliance
North Tyneside Council Adult Learning Alliance
Gemma Lacey
Gemma Lacey
Karen Joyce
Karen Joyce
Susan Mortimer
Susan Mortimer
M Collective
M Collective
Massimo Nolletti
Massimo Nolletti
Michelle Wood
Michelle Wood
Jacqueline Quinn @Pip Press
Jacqueline Quinn
David Palacios
David Palacios
Black Hearted Press
Black Hearted Press
Gloria Ceballos
Gloria Ceballos
Paper
Paper
Marie Macano
Marie Macano
Homeward Bound Books
Homeward Bound Books
Aidan Moesby
Aidan Moesby
Theresa Easton
Theresa Easton
Sarah Morpeth
Sarah Morpeth
Artists’ Books Online
Artists' Books Online
Roncadora Press
Roncadora Press
Paper Jam comics Collective
Paper Jam comics Collective
Ruth McCann
Ruth McCann
Susie Wilson
Susie Wilson

Book Apothecary @ BALTIC Artist’s Book Fair 1st -15th June 2013

2 May
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Book Apothecary  is a travelling artist book museum made by emerging and established artists and curators from North East England.

Presented within a series of reclaimed vintage suitcases and trunks, our collection is made up of handmade books, installations and curious bookish objects made and inspired by the physical acts of reading. We invite the public to not only view our archive but to delve in, handle and investigate our objects with all of their senses.

For two  weeks leading up to BABF, Book Apothecary will be on display in the Library & Archive on Level 2 at BALTIC.