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June 11, 2019

Everything I write these days has trees in it.

I enjoyed making “Oak” so much that I went on to make a second book of photo/poems, “And Other Trees”. Both are one-off books (too expensive to reproduce at an affordable price, but individual A4 prints will be available to buy) and will be shown at our ABCD exhibition (31 August – 7 September) at ACE gallery in Somerton. I want to acknowledge here that in this project I have been inspired by the example of Dave Bonta’s videopoems and his Woodrat Photoblog.

Oak and Other Trees small

I received this photo (below) this week. It shows two of my handmade books feeling at home in very good company in Sebastopol, California.


I blogged about “Between two Moons” – the one on the upper shelf – extensively in 2017, but I’ve been reticent about “These Last Months” because it is so personal. The critic on my shoulder tells me that no-one wants to read stuff like this. A wise mentor told me otherwise. So I compromised: I have made an edition of 25 copies. I will be reading from it for the first time in public at BRLSI in Queen Square, Bath, at an open meeting of Bath Writers and Artists at 2pm on Saturday 29 June. This is a free event, with free tea and cake! Do come if you’re in the area.

These Last Months

part 18


Finally, some news of free bookbinding workshops at ACEarts, Somerton, during Book Week June 25-29.

With thanks to funding from Somerset Skills & Learning all workshops are free – please note we are only able to offer one workshop per person but welcome you to go onto the reserve lists for other workshops. 

Tuesday 25 June: Coptic binding with Nina Gronw-Lewis
Coptic binding is favoured by many artist book makers as it allows a book to lie completely open when flat. Being an open spine binding it showcases the decorative stitching across the spine. 10.30-1 pm and 2-4.30 pm  

Wednesday 26 June: Hardback books with Donna Vale (must have book experience)
Learn how to make your very own hardback book for sketching or writing in. We will use traditional methods to create a bespoke journal. 10-5 pm 

Thursday 27 June: Boxes for books with Paul Taylor of Spiral Path book studio.
10-4 pm 

Friday 28 June: Artists’ books with meaning. Jenny Graham
Create a simple folded book using image, collage and print. 10-4 pm 

Saturday 29 June: Hand lettering workshop with Donna Vale.
Working in Modern calligraphy, hand lettering, beautiful writing and illustration to create a one off work of art.  10.30-3.30 pm

To book a place, contact to book


Posted by Ama Bolton on 11th June 2019

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