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Exploring Artists' Books

This 5 week project was specifically for adults with mental health problems; the environment, atmosphere and tutor:participant ratio aimed to make the course a supportive, friendly and creative space.

We welcomed a keen sign-up of 9 participants and there was much enthusiasm about the project.

Each Monday in May and June we spent the day in both Exeter Library and Double Elephant exploring artist books; making, looking at and handling artist books from your collection, and chatting.

We began with accordian folds, quickly progressing to ‘slot and tab’ books and simple stitch binding. We explored making stamps using erasers and foam. Monoprinting and collage also combined with the book forms we learnt.

Double Elephant’s Catherine Cartwright and Paula Youens ran the project. Bookbinder Nina Fenner came and ran a special ‘master’ session in the final week. This project was part of a bigger run of Artist Book-Printmaking sessions with Double Elephant at other libraries in Devon, including Ivybridge and Tiverton. There will be an exhibition of the artist books they made in Exeter Library from 1st August – 30th September.

Handcrafted by Rock Kitchen Harris