It has been many miles and many days since my last post. We have seen places and been things, including wet. One of the features of the trip since I last posted has been Book Arts. We attended the Turn The Page Artist’s Book Fair in Norwich, where we met Hilke Kurzke, who I knew previously only through the Internet and email.
Hilke and I even made the Turn The Page Facebook page.
The above photo is taken from there (my apologies to the unidentified photographer) and shows us discussing the featured work of Brian Dettmer. The fair was smallish, but the calibre of work being shown was excellent. You can find out more about the fair at the website and the Facebook page. We will be connecting with Hilke again later in the trip (she came by train to the fair) when we go to Nottingham.
In King’s Lynn we met Christopher Skinner, another Internet acquaintance. Chris gave us a small tour including a view of the town from West Lynn where he lives, coffee at his house, and a wonderful show and tell of some of the artist’s books he has made or traded. You can see some of them by going back through his blog. It was a delight to see and handle some of the books that I had admired on screen via the Internet. This is my favourite:
We arrived in Lincoln yesterday after cycling through wind and rain. We had planned to see the castle and the cathedral, but on a short walk through town this morning found art in the street. Free art tabloids were being handed out.
One of the pages caught my eye because it showed an altered book.
I commented on it to one of the people who seemed to be peripherally involved. It turned out that she (Kate Buckley) had work in an exhibition at The Collection/Museum which related to altered books as well, so we went to see it. Here’s a picture and some text from The Collection Museum website:
“Misc. Don. is a collaborative exhibition with Lincolnshire Archives and artists, hosted at The Collection’s Courtyard Gallery.
The exhibition explores the intriguing relationship between how an archive is defined, how it is categorised, how it is used by a multitude of people, and how artists respond to archives and archiving.”
The works included range from artist’s books to videos. We enjoyed it, and even managed to get someone on staff to fix Kate’s video piece so that all three videos were showing properly.
We looked at some other exhibits in the museum, had some lunch in the cafe, and avoided a rain shower by going to look at displays in The Collections Gallery just up the street.
We did climb Steep Hill and go to the castle and the cathedral and got thoroughly soaked on the way to retrieve our tandem from the bike shop where she had been getting a new drive chain. (Preventive maintenance.)
And tomorrow we are off again, with the prospect of light winds but a wet afternoon.