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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)

For more information about The Society of Bookbinders please see their website:


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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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Here goes…2017!!

​Things always get worse before getting better…lets cross fingers that was it, yes 2016!

Bloody terrible. A whole year of bad news & humanitarian disasters.

But is it healthy to dwell on the negative? Especially if these terrible disasters haven’t occurred to us? Should we bemoan the death of celebrities, who we do not know personally, when people are really suffering in the world today?

My year was actually really good!  My celeb heroes might have died but none of my personal heroes did, I count that a blessing, though I feel for their families & loved ones. I also have a roof over my head & food on my table for my children & even managed treats this year. I saw my distant loved ones, some more than once & due to the miracles of science hope to see some of them again real soon. 

So many people in the world are displaced, cold & hungry or dead due to the machinations of the rich, powerful & greedy. I am grateful that, for now, that doesn’t include any of mine. We shall make what we will out of 2017, but let’s not forget those who our powerless to do the same. 

Find your cause.

Take a stand.

Get angry.

Speak up & speak out.


Be kind.

Lend a hand.

Step out of your echo chamber.

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