Artist’s Book Making: “Nature in Prints” – MY FINISHED ARTISTS BOOK

After undertaking a 5 week artist’s book making project, I have finally completed my first Artist’s book. I have been making pages using different print techniques with a view to binding them into a book but I didn’t really know how it would be bound or what to expect so I just worked hard on creating lots of different pages to fill it with. I chose the pages I wanted to include before starting the binding process and discounted quite a few that had ink stains on them or were similar to other prints etc.

I folded the chosen pages and put them into signatures before stitching all the signatures together so all the pages turned as one body like a book. I then glued the spin and placed skrim over it and weighted all the pages down, just to help keep the book together. I was already so pleased with my book and it didn’t even have a cover, I couldn’t believe that my 5 weeks had amounted to this and it was all coming together so well. I cut a front and back cover and a spine and covered them with book cloth before gluing my book in place in the cover and leaving it to dry.

I am so pleased with my Artist’s book, it links to my subject work and has a connection to nature. It incorporates different ways of printing with nature as well as hand-made paper with nature embedded in it. Turning through the pages of the book It definitely makes me feel connected to the natural world. I have employed so many print processes and without undertaking this project I would never have explored the possibilities of creating a connection between art and nature through print. It is so satisfying to know you made the book down to the paper and hand printed the title etc. I am very proud of my artist’s book and will treasure it. I have learnt a valuable new skill and I would like to make more books in the future.

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Art in Context: Working Away – A lecture by Sue Hunt

 An exploration of working as an artist in an international community context

Mothers of Africa is a Charity Organisation that aims to lower the amount of Mothers dying in Child birth and the amount of babies losing their lives in Africa. Sue Hunt went out to Zambia to create artwork with a community that supported the work of the charity organisation. She went to explore ways of making visual work with local artists and villagers, maybe giving them a voice, empowering them and helping them to express their needs visually.

Within this Lecture, we were shown images of what resources in Zambia are like. We thought about how community artwork can be hampered by social context. For example, they has no art materials and had to source them for projects. Art can be used in this sense to bring communities together and get people conversing that usually would not interact with one another.

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Art was not often taught in schools in Zambia and so it was welcomed with open arms. Sue Hunt and a team of people ran workshops for the Zambian adults and children like Cyanotype, photography projects and they all made murals together. Works were then framed and displayed in the hospital where the mothers of africa charity comes into play. They were there for all to view, to lift spirits and make the bear walls more appealing. They also got villagers to write down messages of what was wanted and needed within the village and hospital to produce work from.

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This lecture was a prime example of the role of the artist bringing communities together achieveing the lifting of spirits and encouraging change. This has inspired me to think about how I could maybe work with communities in the future and work on art based projects.