Norwich, with its rich literary and artistic history presented itself as the ideal location for an event that was to celebrate both.
The city is home to one of the regions most iconic buildings 'The Forum', which centres around a stunning, glass atrium and houses the impressive Millennium Library.
The aim of turn the page artists' book fair is simply to provide an exhibiting and selling platform for the book arts and to raise public awareness of this intriguing art form. With the help of a dedicated team of volunteers, the event is organised and run as a non-profit making organisation.
Jules Allen MA
Jules began making artists books as a central part of her practice during her studies at the prestigious Norwich University of the Arts. She combines the traditional skills of bookbinding and printing to create contemporary artists' books and book ‘objects’ through engaging with places of interest and documented histories.
Following an Escalator retreat at Wysing Arts in 2010 she conceived the idea of an artists' book event in Norwich. Having visited book fairs in other parts of the UK, Jules felt there was a demand for a regional book art event in Norfolk and decided to self fund and launch the inaugural fair in May 2012. She was subsequently awarded Arts Council funding for the initiative on two occasions which enabled the event to go from strength to strength. She lives and works from her studio in rural North Norfolk.
Jo paints and works with paper but her primary medium is antiquarian books, using these as sculptural objects playfully reworking their formal components. All of Jo’s work is driven by her interest in human communication and consequently, miscommunication. From the time of her completion of the MA at the University or Hertfordshire in 2005, Jo’s interest in all aspects of narrative flourished.
Jo’s studio is based at the beautiful cultural hub at Parndon Mill in Harlow, Essex, a creative oasis.
Utilising her background in Fine Art, Chris Ruston produces unique artists books. Visual art is the medium through which her curiosity about the world around her is synthesised into sensuous and tactile art works. Using traditional book structures alongside more sculptural forms, Chris is keen to find ways to express both the beauty of the natural world, alongside present environmental concerns. Her interest in social and natural history forms a ‘rich library’ of ideas which are developed and incorporated into her work.
Jen is currently studying for an MA in Fine Art at the Norwich University of the Arts. The phenomenological method of her work is the act of walking; she creates work in response to time and sequence, showing her emotional response and connection to the landscape. Jen looks at ways in which we define ourselves in terms of our multiple connections, and belonging to different communities and within the natural environment. All places in which we have been part of (lived, imagined, walked etc.) become entangled with a sense of belonging, and it is this idea that she explores in relation to the walks taken within them, to create conceptual pieces that convey a sense of transience.
Heather has been making artists books since she finished her Visual Studies degree at Oxford Brookes University in 1993 but recently has ventured into altered books. Research introduced her to writers that have had conversations with the text of another. Her altered books reflect this philosophy. She has curated several successful exhibitions of altered books at Buckinghamshire County Museum, High Wycombe Library and The National Trust at Blickling Estate, Norfolk. She is at present Artist- in- Residence at Turn End Garden, Haddenham. https://www.turnend.org.uk/artists-studios. This has enabled her to use the garden for inspiration and all types of botanical transfer printing methods to produce handmade books. Her latest books are housed in recycled vintage metal cases.
Karen’s practice incorporates various mixed media. She is particularly drawn to working with paper, textiles and found objects. Since studying for an MA in Book Arts in 2012, she has produced collages, textile books and embroideries.
Her work explores human relationships and personal narratives. Informed by theories of attachment and loss, particularly regarding childhood, layers are woven, stitched and drawn into intricate unique books and textile works.
Rosie is an artist and publisher. Her work – showcased in exhibitions and collections – explores narrative, time and mapping. Her company, As Yet Untitled, publishes artists’ books and Elbow Room, an arts and literary journal. In 2015, she successfully crowd-founded to expand As Yet Untitled allowing her to work as mentor and collaborator in the publication of new artists’ books. Graduating from Camberwell College of Art’s Book Arts MA, Sherwood teaches at multiple universities.
Sherwood temporarily took the role of Creative Director during 2018 and 2019 and created an online event for 2020. She handed back the reins to Jules and the new team in 2021 in order to continue developing her practice as an artist.