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 11:00 am – 13:00 pm on the first Thursday of each month. Please arrive early for a prompt start. There is a £5 attendance fee.
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 links page for useful resources, books, tutorials and suppliers.
PLEASE NOTE: Our meetings are currently held in the Lab Room at the Stroud Library, Lansdown, Stroud. GL5 1BB.
the Lab Room is on the 1st floor and there is a lift available. More exciting updates will follow about our future venue.
We are looking for ideas for themes for 2024. Please let us know at the next meeting if you ideas you would like to share.
What is an Artists Book?
The term ‘book’ can be taken loosely. It 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. It also means that some book-structures are sculptural in nature. They are usually produced as limited editions, or as a unique artwork.