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ABCD: Resonance

April 16, 2016

Seven members of Artists Book Club Dove met today in Rowena’s studio in South Brewham. Responses to the topic were, as always, wonderfully varied.

Caroline’s “Tidal Resonance” contained poems and scientific information and photos of waves and sand-ripples.

Judy’s “Resonance” was a flutter-book of cut-up etchings complete with slip-case.

Janine made a book of the colours and syllables associated with the chakras.

Inspired by Jane’s use of slates last month, I made a set of pages from fragments of slate found while gardening and hoarded pending inspiration, and suspended them from a twisted branch of rosemary. They make a pleasant tinkling sound. I used an engraving tool to write a short poem on the largest piece, an epigraph on the next-largest, and symbolic marks on the others.

Clare made a string of bunting based on her cat’s reaction to her violin-practice, and a pamphlet of photos of the violin, embellished with a tuning-peg. She also showed us more of her course-work for Rachel Hazell’s Paper-love course – an acrostic poem folded into a Turkish map-fold, two little folded books of handwritten text,

a book she’s made to record a year of visits to the coast,

Clare sea

and some hand-made envelopes. She showed us how to fold the larger one, which can be used as letter and envelope all in one.

Clare envelopes

Karen has moved house and left behind a stone fireplace with a Green Man (or Foliate Head) carved on it. For last month’s theme, Stoned, she made a zigzag book of photos of green men, including one from the undercroft at Wells Cathedral. The front cover carries a button made by the potter Fergus Stewart of Lochinver. On the back cover is an image of horse-tooth granite from Exmoor.


After lunch we went to the Hauser and Wirth Gallery near Bruton to see the current exhibition of work by Subodh Gupta. Well worth a visit. It’s on until 2 May and it’s free.

Gupta 1

A Banyan tree in stainless steel. The foliage is all cooking utensils.
Below: one of a series of wall-mounted panels of crushed cooking utensils with bright scraps of fabric stuffed into the gaps. The right-hand photo shows a detail of the centre, with a fragment of gold embroidery.

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