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I came back to art the long way round after twenty years setting up and running small businesses in the UK. I trained as a printmaker with Martyn Grimmer and Emma Stibbon in Bristol, and then at the University of the West of England. Now I live on the mid-north coast of New South Wales, Australia, and I work primarily in print and artists' books.
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Only 16 titles to go...

Posted on February 13, 2012 at 19:30 0 Comments

Almost two months after putting out a call for artists to participate in BookArtObject's Edition Four, only 16 of the original 100 book titles remain!  For those of you in the dark about what the heck is going on here, BookArtObject is using as a starting text Sarah Bodman'sbook "…


Call for Artists - BookArtObject Edition Four

Posted on December 9, 2011 at 19:45 0 Comments

Yes, it's that time of year again folks... No, no, nothing to do with elderly men squeezing down chimneys, snowfall or reindeer with cold noses, but the time when BookArtObject slides gracefully into a new project! Building on the experience of Edition One (Rosemary Dobson's Learning Absences), Edition Two (Claire Beynon's Paper Wrestling) and Edition Three (Jeanette Winterson's Art & Lies), we're about to start…


BookArtObject: Edition One

Posted on July 15, 2010 at 15:57 4 Comments

A year in the making, Edition One from the BookArtObject collective is complete. Eight artists across Australia and the UK used a single text as a departure point for an exploration of form and content, with very different results. I've added a series of photographs to my gallery - see what you think!

Edition Two is beginning: we are about to look at possibilities for new texts ranging from advertising to poetry, drama to prose, and we would like to invite other book artists to share… Continue

Book Art Object

Posted on December 1, 2009 at 15:43 0 Comments

Way back in July I posted something about putting together an Artists' Book Club together and lo! A few months on, may I present (drum roll and fanfare...) "Book Art Object" which is a group, a blog and a project all rolled into one.

The group is currently working around a text which is a poem by Australian poet Rosemary Dobson, title "Learned Absence". It is a poem about emptiness after loss - presumably the loss of a… Continue

Book Artists' Book Club

Posted on July 20, 2009 at 20:00 0 Comments

I've already put my head above the parapet with this one on my blog (see blog posts here) so the idea's out in public but I hadn't thought to put it up here until now. If you're interested in participating, read on and get in touch with me...

I'm putting together a group of people who make artists books and/or book objects with a view to creating a sort of book club for book artists. A piece of writing (novel, prose, poetry,… Continue

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At 7:27 on March 25, 2010, Lesley Holford said…
Hi Sara,

No need to apologize! When we extended the entry deadline for the show, we also had to extend our juror's deadline, so that she would have sufficient time to review the entries and make her selections. The revised date for notification is this Friday, March 26. You should receive a notification letter by email very shortly after that date.

Warm regards, Lesley
At 14:36 on February 18, 2010, Robert Heather said…
Sara, thanks for your help with administration of the site. I assume that you must also get the blog approval emails as well and have been approving new members etc? I sent the email out and changed the settings because yesterady I had to delete about 10 members in a row who had joined and then immediately posted a blog post about pharmacuetical sales.

At 3:10 on February 17, 2010, Lesley Holford said…
Hi Sara,

Thank you for your comment. I certainly understand your frustration regarding our juried show listing, and I am extremely sorry that you did not receive a response to your inquiry about entry requirements.

This is the first year that CAW has promoted our annual juried show through listserves and sites like Ning, and we were very surprised by the amount of interest we have received from book artists around the world. In response to this interest, we have consulted with Ms. Kyle and have decided to open the show to international entries. We have also extended the deadline to March 5, so that international artists who may not have planned on entering will have time to submit. Therefore, your entry will not be disqualified; it will be juried by Hedi Kyle for possible inclusion in the show.

Thank you again for your interest in our exhibition – we are very excited that this will be our first international juried show.

Warm regards, Lesley
At 20:58 on February 8, 2010, Jane Ponsford said…
Thanks for the welcome Sara. I'm glad you remember me from Gabrielle's book. Yes, my Elmbridge project was fun, I wish it was still going on! There is more from the project on:
All the best, Jane
At 14:41 on January 20, 2010, Robert Heather said…
I just checked and they seem to have replaced 'banning' with 'suspending' but I think it has the same effect. By the way the other thing that they are doing is joining groups and sending spam to the group which each member then receives as email. I am getting very wary that anyone who joins and has a picture of a very attractive girl as their image is probably a spammer - but then again I am also wary of anyone who doesn't have an image at all. It would be good to get some administrators who live in the northern hemisphere who can keep an eye on things while we are asleep as well. I sometimes wake up to a series of upset emails from people who have been spammed.
At 12:07 on December 8, 2009, Megan Herring said…
I Sara, Thanks for your comment on Hand Held. It is a pretty cool little gallery and it's getting better and better with more interest and a really good line up of exhibitions for next year. I hope you get a chance to get down to Melbourne, there are lots of interesting things going on in the book arts, and then pop in to see us while you are here!
At 14:16 on December 5, 2009, Frederick Nunley said…
Thanks for your comments Sara. My coffin box and folded book i a prototype for a printed book I want to do with letter press soon as I learn how to transform my drawings of skeletons onto a polymer plate. Dance of the Dead light and funny that is how we have to see those dark things.
At 11:55 on April 22, 2009, Dean Clark said…
Thanks Sara,

I'm glad I stumbled across the site. As far as the blog profile goes, I always figure that a little humor goes a long way.
At 10:47 on April 13, 2009, Elizabeth Beronich Sheets said…
When you finish your Jacob's Ladder, I would love to see it.
At 2:19 on April 9, 2009, Amy LeePard said…
I always love hearing about the process of how people produce their work. It's fascinating to me how people conceptualize and execute their work. And to see how beautiful things were produced by hardwork and determination and sometimes accompanied by frustration! :) It's inspiring!

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