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Beyond the Page

September 13, 2016

The members of ABCD have chosen ‘Letters’ as our theme for a group exhibit as part of ‘Beyond the Page’, an exhibition of Artists’ books in Bridport. Details below.

I have made two books. One is called ‘Dearist Muther’, featuring two letters from an 8-year-old Victorian child.

My paternal grandmother Phyllis Arnott was born at Levino near Moscow on 22nd December 1894, the younger daughter of James Hamilton Cundell, a Scottish civil engineer, and Etty Verena, neé Goodier. The family, including Etty’s mother Mary Ann Radnor Goodier, moved to England in 1901. Phyllis wrote to her mother in the spring of 1903 while she and her older sister Dorothy (Doris) were staying at Folkestone.

Russian, which is spelled phonetically, was her first language. It is clear that she had trouble with English spelling! Her beautiful handwriting is in the style of the C19 Russian copy-books from which she learned to write. In one letter she asks her mother to “plis bring sum kopibuxs”.

Dearist Muther: Phyllis writes home: Zigzag book of 14 pages.
Materials: Jessops 170gsm matt photo paper, Lana Colours paper cover.
Size closed 21x13cm, open 21x up to 182cm.

My second book is ‘Hide and Seek in the House of Letters’.

Hide-and-seek in the House of Letters: Sculptural book of 7 unequal pages.
Structure: “Dream-book”, invented by Mark Wangberg, USA.
Materials: deconstructed cardboard box, wooden skewers, gesso, Dulux paint, deconstructed clothing catalogue, Polyvine matt acrylic varnish.
Size closed 32x19x5cm, open 32x up to 70cm.

Beyond the Page

Allsop Gallery, Bridport Arts Centre, Dorset, UK. 24th September – 15th October 2016

To coincide with Open Book Week and the Bridport Prize Ceremony – Bridport Art Centre’s annual, highly regarded writing competition – we bring you ‘Beyond the Page’. An Exhibition that features Regional, National and International artists using the book as the starting point to inspire both physically and metaphorically within their practice. Alongside this there will be a selection of unique workshops with practitioners who use words, recreate pages and manipulate books in fascinating and unusual ways. The exhibition will feature a special selection of borrowed books from UWE Bristol; British Library acquired artist, Christine Tacq and Sketchlook, a travelling exhibition of handmade sketchbooks from Austin, Texas.

Supporting Events

Learn how to Coptic Bind with David Squirell from Squirell Press, Saturday 1 October, 10-12.30 – £20 per person. Coptic binding is the earliest form of bookbinding dating

back the 2nd century. It requires only a needle, scissors and thread and some skill and knowledge of how to handle and use paper which you will be introduced to in this half day workshop. The books fold out flat so they are perfect for drawing, painting, writing and calligraphy. All materials are provided.

Letterpress Demonstration with Squirell Press Saturday 1 October, 2pm – 3pm, FREE, all welcome.

Visual Zines – Creative Workshop with Megan our exhibitions Officer. Sunday 2 October, 1.30pm – 3pm, £4 Each, Ages 8 – 12. Learn more about Zines and mini publications. Make your own zine with collage, drawing and print.

Film: Relaxed Screening: Book of Life, 3pm

Combined Ticket Offer – £7 for both workshop & film.

Bridport Arts Centre, South Street, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 3NR, UK.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Jane Paterson permalink
    September 14, 2016 10:14 pm

    Very beautiful books, Ama. Longing to see them.

  2. April 5, 2021 9:06 am

    This is fascinating! I love “kopibuxs.”💜


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