Tuesday, May 10, 2011
The year 2010 marked the eighth annual Bookmarks series put on by the “Centre for Fine Print Research” at the University of the West of England, Bristol, UK. The theme is different each year, and in 2010, it was decided to limit participants to librarians. The result is a spectacular array of materials, designs, sizes, and types of handmade bookmarks from thirty-six participating librarians. Participating artists each hand-produce an edition of one hundred signed and numbered bookmarks to give away through distribution boxes at venues around the world. Each bookmark has the website address which brings visitors to the gallery of artworks online. Each participant receives a packet that contains one of each submission, then the rest are released to the public. Over the last seven years distribution has taken place in more than sixty participating galleries, bookstores and libraries in Italy, The Netherlands, the UK, Ireland, France, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Singapore, Turkey, New Zealand, Canada, Brazil, South Korea, Cyprus, Croatia, New Zealand, Japan, Australia and the USA. Over 280 artists have contributed more than 28,000 bookmarks to the eight projects to date. Here is a sample of one artist who participated...you may recognise the name YES ...IT ’S OUR VERY OWN LSAD LIBRARIAN... see bookmark above
"I am fascinated by the creative process, from the first spark in the imagination right down to how and when it is viewed. Somewhere in this process, accidents can happen, as I work with very wet paint and different types of paper. It is these very accidents that can decide what the picture will become. It is almost as if the paint is telling us we do not have complete control and the artist can be as surprised by the end result as the viewer".