Fascinating book-art exhibition opens this weekend

By Oliver Hurley,
2nd April 2014 - 13:17

'Beyond the Book' in Bovey Tracey highlights artists creating new work from old tomes

A new exhibition of beautiful artwork created from and inspired by books opens this Saturday (5th April).

'Beyond the Book' takes place at the Devon Guild of Craftsmen and features work by 10 artists, selected by the Guild's curator Saffron Wynne and artist Su Blackwell, who creates delicate 3D book sculptures such as Migratory Words (above).

'I wanted to use the role of co-curator as an opportunity to reveal the diverse ways artists are working with this remarkable medium,' says Su. 'I think I have uncovered some surprising truths.'

Each of the 10 artists reuses old volumes in a thought-provoking and unexpected way – the artworks range from sculpture and jewellery to prints and even projections.

Jeremy May (who created Applied Physiology, above) places rings and necklaces formed from laminated pages back into the holes he's cut out of books, while Yvette Hawkins (Sewing Circle, below) stitches into old books to explore the role of women in bookbinding.

At a time when the printed page is being replaced increasingly by digital media, the exhibition's aim 'is to question the definition of both art and the book,' says Su.

'Beyond the Book' is at Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey, Devon, TQ13 9AF from 5th April to 8th June. Open every day, 10am-5.30pm, free. 01626 832223; crafts.org.uk

Stylist’s pick: new ‘Paint by Conran’ range
previous feature article
H&A's May issue, out today!
next feature article