SoB Book Arts Day 2018

London and South Region of The Society of Bookbinders

Book Arts Day Saturday 17th March 2018


(£10 members SoB, £15 non-members)

10:30 – 4pm with a brief break for lunch and held at The Congregational Chapel, Kelly Street, Kentish Town, London NW1 8PH (Map) Access and limited parking via Church Avenue, off of Kentish Town Road.

Tea and coffee are available throughout the day and there are local cafés and sandwich shops within a few minutes’ walk.

The main aim of the day is to increase the knowledge of Book Arts amongst members and to encourage dialogues, and collaborative networking between Book Artists and Bookbinders.

The day will comprise:

  •  An illustrated talk by Book Artist Tracey Bush, winner of the J Hewit and Sons Award for Excellence in Design in the 2017 International Bookbinding Competition, of The Society of Bookbinders.
  • A book arts fair presenting a variety of emerging and established book artists (many works will be for sale).
  • Demonstrations by a selection of the exhibiting artists.
  •  A mini exhibition of Sónia Serrão’s personal collection of artists’ books collected over the last 20 years.

Tracey Bush launched her first artists’ book, in 1995, ‘The Lost Rivers of London‘ at the London Artists’ Book Fair. She has exhibited regularly since then, and has most recently exhibited at the Small Publisher’s Fair in London. In 2014 Tracey’s work was featured in the museum show ‘Of Green Leaf, Bird and Flower, Artists’ Books and the Natural World’ at the Yale Centre for British Art (with catalogue). Tracey will talk about one of the series of works featured in this exhibition: ‘Nine Wild Plants‘. In 2016 Tracey was invited by Danny Aldred to be an artist in residence at the Publisher Hub at Winchester School of Art. This led to the creation of the artists’ book ‘Dusk‘ based on an A-Z of British Moths. ‘Dusk’ won the J Hewit and Sons Award for Excellence in Design (Complete Book) in the 2017 International Bookbinding Competition, of The Society of Bookbinders. Tracey will talk about the development of the form and concept of this publication. Tracey studied Illustration at BA level, then a Fine Art Printmaking MA at Camberwell College of Arts and Crafts in 1993-95. During this course she began to work with artists’ books and afterwards studied bookbinding with Nesta Davies at Bolt Court in London.

Sónia Serrão is an Artist and Bookbinder, an Art Educator for almost 30 years and an avid collector of Book Arts for over 20 years. She is also a Committee Member of the London and South Region of The Society of Bookbinders and the organiser of this event. Her practice is varied, including: Book Art & Binding, writing poetry, printing, photography, life drawing, restoration/upcycling and assemblage/installation. Her next Open Studios is 9-10th June 2018 at (0-31b) at in London.

Contact Sonia Serrao if you would like to participate in the Book Fair – (tables are Free for Artists with an established Book Art/Zine practice) or @PalaverDesigns on Instagram

Contact Talitha Wachtelborn on for tickets to attend (£10 members SoB, £15 non-members)

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Open Studios 2017

Dates for the diary!!

Please note that this year’s Open Studios event runs from Sat 20th -Sun 21st May 2017.

Find me in Studio 31b, Unit 0, (fka Second Floor  Studios)

Harrington Way
Warspite Road
Royal Borough of Greenwich
London SE18 5NR

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Albrect Dürer

I’m watching the documentary ‘Ego:The Strange and Wonderful World of Self-Portraits‘ on BBC 4 and what a wonder it is. It begins with the now obligatory nod to the Selfie Revolution and today’s all pervading narcissism.

It then moves onto one of the most glorious self-portraits made by an artist ever.


The self-portrait by Albrect Dürer painted in 1500 is like the ultimate hipster having let his top-knot down for a vain, self-conscious mirror selfie to post on a famous ‘swipe right’ site. His golden curls are tight and precise, draped evenly over his shoulders, like a pyramid, like his capital ‘A’ & ‘D’,  his initials with a cropped crown. He is dressed in silk and fur with the shadow of the latest iPhone just peeking from his hand. The self-portrait is strong and confident and face on to the viewer, yet the eyes are looking over the viewers left shoulder. Like the viewer is less important than the reflection of the artists’ image in the mirror. Dürer is Rock-God and I am his ultimate groupie. Shocking in his time for the likeness to Jesus. This painting is mesmerising and I had almost forgotten how much I love him and his work. A consummate draughtsman and printmaker, one of the artists I had to study during my traditional art school training. Revisiting an artwork, or even an artist, ensures you revisit yourself and your own practice, and ultimately grow & develop  that practice  further.

In addition to the image above, the documentary, presented by Laura Cumming (the Observer’s Art critic), looks at 5 centuries of Self-Portraiture and there are many examples of fine work. In particular, the closer look at the variety of Rembrandt’s self-portraits and her visit to the Vasari Corridor, in the Uffizi Museum, which houses the largest collection of Artist’s Self-Portraits in the world.

The link to BBC iPlayer is only live for a further 23 days and please be aware that you may not be able to access this programme from outside the UK.


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