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ABCD cooking and booking part 1: Found

May 19, 2013

Seven members of Artists Book Club at the Dove met yesterday to share work for the last two topics and plenty of other stuff, including a meal in the garden:


The word for April was “Found”, but many of us, including me, didn’t make it to the Dove on that occasion. Here are some of the books we had made.

Clare found

Clare Diprose’s long-stitch book has painted pages, a heart-stopping poem and an interestingly noisy kraft-paper cover.


Karen Young’s delectable “Found Fruits” focuses on Fig, Orange, Ugly-fruit, Nectarine and Damson, with (in pockets) botanical notes and quotations from, among others, Wallace Stevens and Andrew Marvell. It was surprising to learn that nectarines, native to China,  were known in England in the 17th century. They were a rare and expensive treat here, but had been cultivated in the Americas for a century. On the reverse side, visible in the photo, are booklets representing the fruits and their enclosed seeds. The box on the left of the photo is a slip-case resembling a punnet.


Jane Paterson’s “A Little Book of Foundlings” was inspired by the Foundling Hospital’s collection of identifying tags – usually a scrap of fabric – that were left with the babies entrusted/abandoned to their care, and by an exquisitely made and mended bonnet that Jane found in a filthy state in a second-hand shop. This is a beautiful and touching little book. In it Jane quotes from the song “Oh dear what can the matter be?” – he promised to buy me a bunch of blue ribbons/to tie up my bonny brown hair – a hint at the distress of young women whose babies had no father willing to accept responsibility for them.

Judith found2

In response to a friend’s comment that most of our books are tiny, Judith Staines made a big chunky book from cardboard and paste-paper and enclosed it in a big chunky slip-case.

Judith found

Bronwen had remarked on a previous occasion “Given is shriven; found is round.” Accordingly, my book is enclosed in a partly paper-covered Camembert box. The Coptic-sewn pages are torn from sheets of coarse-textured chocolate-cookie-coloured mulberry paper, with smaller straw-paper inserts on which are printed the eleven stanzas of a poem about a friendship renewed after a gap of forty-five years.


Bronwen Bradshaw has been by the sea  in Cape Cornwall, making prints by the method known as Ukiyo-e (Japanese waterbased woodcut printing). Her daughter Robin Frood will be teaching a course on this method in August as part of the Dove Summer School programme.

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  1. Karen Young permalink
    May 19, 2013 7:00 pm

    Thank you Ama for recording another lovely meeting of ABCD on your blog. Seeds are sown and we wait for the magic! Karen

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