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ABCD bringing it all back home

October 24, 2016

It’s been a long time since the Dove book-artists met. We have been following Bron’s adventures with the Lonesome Doves in South-west USA on her blog. What an amazing trip!

Six of us met on Saturday to catch up. Caroline had collected our work from the gallery in Bridport, so I was able to get photos of some of the pieces I’d missed last time. Here is Janine’s alphabet book, stitched collage on noil silk.

And here is her book of old family letters and photos, printed on silk organza and noil using Lesley Riley’s Artist’s Transfer Paper.

Below are images of Karen’s “Poems as Letters”. First World War poems are folded into hand-made envelopes sewn in the valley-folds of a zig-zag cover of woven straw that subtly suggests the Flanders cornfields.

Judith has just completed a project she started two years ago: tiny book-cases for miniature books that were letterpress-printed long ago by her uncle. The boxes are covered with exquisite Japanese paper. Each shelf is fitted with a ribbon with which to draw out a book.

Caroline has recently returned from Greece. She brought her ziz-zag sketchbook “Alonnisos Memories”.


I brought a copy of “Compass” and a pamphlet-stitched version of “Dearist Muther”, of which I’ve made a small edition for family and friends.

Jane has suggested a shadow-puppet project for next year. All of us became rather enthusiastic about it …


Bron showed us books about Navajo crafts and architecture and the culture underlying them. She also gave us the flyer (below) for an exhibition in which she has work.
We loved the title Imagined Worlds and agreed to use it as our next theme. I’m thinking that Calvino’s “Invisible Cities”, with its Kubla Khan connection, might be a good place to look for inspiration. Besides, it’s a very good read!


Note to ABCDers: Our next meeting will be on November 26th. Theme as above.

You cannot change the past, but you can ruin a perfectly good present by worrying about the future.

– From the Bengal Club, Calcutta, contributed by Judith.

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