Artists’ Bookmarket 2023
Saturday 18.02.23 10am–6pm
Sunday 19.02.23 10am–5pm
Artists’ Bookmarket is Edinburgh’s annual celebration of artists’ book culture which runs over two weekend days with stalls laid out to showcase a wide array of work. Enjoy carefully selected stalls of artist-led publishing and hand-crafted books, accompanied by a weekend programme of talks and workshops. Artists’ Bookmarket is held in tandem with Edinburgh Zine Library who will be bringing their Zine Festival to Fruitmarket’s Warehouse.
Full list of talks and workshops are below.
BOOKMARKS Presents….A Pop-Up Cityscape, with its very own Fruitmarket!
Saturday 18.02.23. 11am–12noon. Free. Drop-in. All ages encouraged!
BOOKMARKS is an Artist Book and Zine event held annually at Edinburgh College of Art which celebrates innovative use of the book form in education. The Illustration students from ECA invite you to join them for this drop-in workshop where you can make a collaged pop-up building or street to add to our imagined cityscape installation. Participation is free, however the students will be taking donations for ArtRefugeUK.
Ciarraì Samson Japanese Bookbinding
Saturday 18.02.23. 11.45am–1.15pm. £15+booking fee. Book via Eventbrite
In this 90-minute workshop you will make two different books – a Japanese Album and a Japanese Butterfly Book. At the end of the session, you will be given printed instructions and some materials to enable you to make further books at home. The workshop is suitable for adults and children aged 12+
Making Your Mark – The Art of Rubber Stamping.
Saturday 18.02.23. 1.45–3.15pm. £12+booking fee. Book via Eventbrite
The art of rubber stamping is a simple method of printmaking which can achieve surprisingly complex results. In this workshop, artist Susie Wilson, will demonstrate how to use lo-fi methods of printmaking to make images. Each participant will go home with a book of prints.
The workshop is suitable for adults and children aged 12+
Jack Ravi: Altering a children’s board book: a collage and mark-making workshop
Saturday 18.02.23. 3.45–5.45pm. £18+booking fee. Book via Eventbrite
Unleash your creativity and bring new life to a children’s board book! Join Jack Ravi for a hands-on workshop where you will learn how to alter a board book using collage and mark-making techniques. Jack will show you simple ways to create your own hand-painted paper, using everyday objects to create monochrome marks. You will then use these papers to transform a simple book into a work of art. Perfect for parents, artists, and anyone who wants to tap into their inner child. Aged 12+. All materials provided but you can bring your own papers if you wish.
Make your own collage pocketbook with Amy Sterly
Sunday 19.02.23. 11am–1pm. £20+booking fee. Book via Eventbrite
Make your own little pocketbook! We will use folding techniques to create a small book with pockets to put your own images or stand-up characters in using collage. We will also make a beautiful cover with patterned mulberry paper. No experience necessary, but must be able to use scissors or craft knife. All materials are provided.
Marion Archibald: Introduction to Making Books
Sunday 19.02.23. 11.45–2.15pm. £20+booking fee. Aged 14+. Book via Eventbrite
This workshop will introduce you to some of the basic techniques of making simple books including folded books, folded and cut books, sewing a pamphlet book and making a hard cover for a folded book. By the end of the workshop you will have a selection of simple books to take away with you, as well as several templates to use to make your own books. All materials are provided.
Anna Shilonosova: Contact Sport: a season with Millwall Venus women’s rugby team
18.02.23. 2–2.30pm. Free.
Anna Shilonosova is a multidisciplinary artist and a documentary photographer. In 2021, after the lockdowns were finally lifted, Anna felt a strong urge to explore physical contact on a different level. Taking photos of a local amateur women’s rugby team and observing how the players themselves perceived full contact sport and their fragility gave Anna the momentum she needed to start the project. She spent the 2021–2022 season with Millwall Venus, taking photos of players on and off the pitch, focusing on details and textures, attempting to shorten the distance between the team and the viewer as much as possible. Anna created a photobook about her explorative project, which she is presenting at the fair.
Kate Walters: Night drawings and dream teachers
Saturday 18.02.23. 2.45–3.15pm. Free.
Kate Walters will give an illustrated talk about her recent tiny drawings in found books. Hardback, or softback; old, slim, broken or new. Poetry, prayers, artists, nursery rhymes, lore. Books you can hold in your hand. Pages given a new life, a different life. In the recent dark winter evenings Kate has made drawings to keep herself company, to bring home her studio practice, tending it beside a fire, under lamplight. An important dream on a recent trip to Venice has proved to be a fertile source. Psychoanalytic and shamanic practice underpins all.
Kate will also talk about her published books: Iona Notebooks and Shetland Notebooks (published by Guillemot Press.) A third, Venetian Notebooks, is being thought about…
Nung-Hsin Hu: Three Suns
Saturday 18.02.23. 3.30–4pm. Free
In the span of three years, the artist collected three sets of sunlight: the dwindling daylight from an absurd adventure out on the Arctic Sea; the final gentle melancholic sunset before bidding farewell to her childhood home in Taiwan; and the twilight-summoning midnight sun during Iceland’s white nights. The three slices of sunlight emitted from solar energy-converted electricity were then captured on 16mm film and propagated into nine multidisciplinary projects. Each publication includes a 24-frame film strip artwork providing an intimate moment for the readers to reflect, touch, and unfold.
Andrew Mummery: From Gallerist to Publisher: how a partnership with artists evolved.
Saturday 18.02.23. 4.15–5pm. Free.
Andrew Mummery will talk about how his working partnership with artists evolved from being a gallerist in London to setting up A-M-G5 in Glasgow to publish artists’ books and editions. A-M-G5 was set up in Glasgow in 2018 by Andrew Mummery as a space for exhibitions and dialogue, and as a publisher of limited-edition books and prints. Its aim is to encourage a closer reading of individual artworks and a create a critical context for them.
Raf the Rough: Mock Your Manners
Sunday 19.02.23 2pm–2:30pm. Free
Athens based Raf the Rough will be giving a talk on her first self-published work Mock Your Manners: A question on social conventions, an observation of cultural and behavioural norms inspired by dogs’ bizarre way of communication and habits. A completely handmade art book / zine featuring 10 linocuts handprinted on handmade paper.
Lydia Davies: Artist Talk
Sunday 19.02.23. 2.45–3.15pm. Free.
Lydia Davies is an artist and writer based in Glasgow. Her writing, books, and audio-visual works are preoccupied with interpersonal dynamics, bodily experiences, minutiae, and the sifting and shifting exploits of voice and narrative.
Lydia was awarded the John Calcutt Prize for Critical Writing in 2021 and is currently working on a short film supported by the Visual Artist and Craft Makers Award. In 2023, she will be an artist-in-residence at the @cca_glasgow, to pursue a research project exploring gibberish through melismatic vocals and sound poetry. She holds an MFA from The Glasgow School of Art (2021), and a BA Fine Art from Central Saint Martins (2013)