Stroud Artists Books is a group that meets on a monthly basis to share work, discuss techniques and explore the infinite variety of what makes an ‘Artists Book’.
We have a monthly theme that members respond to, and on this site you can see archives of our work. We also take part in exhibitions and provide and attend workshops. Members have a wide range of interests including book-binding, print-making, fine art, textiles, photography, digital work and more. We meet at 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm on the first Thursday of each month at The Exchange at Brick Row, Stroud, GL5 1DF. You can view an interactive map here.
Anyone is welcome to join us. We are a supportive and friendly group and love to encourage new members, whatever their skills or experience.
You can see the list of future monthly themes here.
Visit our Facebook page for up-to-date news and lots of useful links and gorgeous images.
Please contact us if you would like more information.
There are lots of links below for useful groups and suppliers.
November’s theme is ‘Between the Lines’
Visit the LOOP exhibition at Chapel Arts in Cheltenham to 12 October. Details here.
The pdf file about woven book construction can be viewed or downloaded here.
There is a YouTube video here that demonstrates how to make paper frames similar to the one that Tony Broad shared in our meeting.
The Sketchbook Project mentioned at October’s meeting can be seen here.
What is an Artist’s Book?
The term ‘book’ can be taken loosely. This can mean taking the familiar structure of the book, using a variety of processes to format leaves, folding, cutting, stitching, gluing, or combinations of these; or it might mean deconstructing the concept of the book altogether thus making it more conceptual than truly representative. This also means that some book-structures are sculptural in nature. They are usually produced as limited editions, or as a unique artwork.
Here are some useful links for anyone interested in Artists Books:
Bristol Book Arts Exhibition (BABE)
The Society of Bookbinders
The Sketchbook Project
Marches Book Arts Group
PAGES International Contemporary Artists Book Fair
The Journal of Artists Books
Artist’s Book Centre