turn the pageABF
1st to 31st May
During 2021 the turn the page ABF website will be transformed into an online platform to show the work of all the wonderful artists that have participated in the event since it's launch at The Forum, Norwich in 2012.
Each month we will feature a rolling showcase of images from our amazing exhibiting artists, alongside photo's and short film clips from some of our live performers, workshops and events.
Please click on the artists images below to find out more about their work or follow the 'walking man' to hear about our monthly Symposium presentations.
Click here for details of our 2021 Artists Book Competition.
2014 Participating Artists
Please note that the text featured alongside these images has been copied from the 2013 catalogue. If you would like to get in touch with a particular artist, please contact us and we will forward your message where possible.
Susan Johanknect (Gefn Press) at ttp2014 @The Forum, Norwich
The Gefn Press imprint was established in 1977 by Susan Johanknecht, in Vermont USA. It has been located in London since 1981 and has published over forty books and projects to date. The press had a retrospective exhibition at the University of Vermont in 2007 which is documented by an illustrated catalogue with essays by Redell Olsen and Katharine Meynell, ISBN 978-0-940155-01-5, published by The University of Vermont Libraries.
The subject matter of Gefn Press books vary – works considering vulnerability of the environment include: Hermetic Waste (1986), Crevice / Map (1994), Subsequent Drainage on Folding Rocks (2004), Subtext Localities (2007), Waste Incant (2007), Interim Corrode (2011) // calculation of average sunlight (2017).
Relationships between finance, politics and the arts are considered in Baring Antebellum (2010) and Bishopsgate Within. CITY A.M. (2011). Books from 1984, 1989 and 1998 respond to the work of Emily Dickinson.
Projects exploring the artists’ book as a site for collaborative practice include: Here are my Instructions (2004) curated with Redell Olsen, Volumes (of vulnerability) (2000), Cunning Chapters (2007), Poetry of Unknown Words (2017) curated with Katharine Meynell and two Bookmares curated with Finlay Taylor.
Susan Johanknecht is currently subject leader of MA Book Arts at Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London. She studied English Literature at the University of Vermont and Fine Art (Printmaking) at the Central School of Art. Through National Endowment for the Arts funding she was apprenticed to Claire Van Vliet and the Janus Press, Vermont.
Gefn Press books are represented in collections including; the New York
Public Library, British Library, University of Vermont, Tate Library,
National Art Library (V&A), Yale University Library, Museum of Modern
Art, NY, Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris.
Gefn Press books are available from the Bookartbookshop
The Norfolk Longbook Project
The Norfolk Longbook is a hand-made celebration of the county, in the words and pictures of
people who love and are inspired by it.
The aim of the project is to create the longest book in Norfolk and it will, almost certainly be the
only 'social history' book of its kind in the UK.
The book is an expanding concertina that currently measures 17 metres long when fully open, glistening with images of Norfolk skies, beach-huts, seascapes and churches, created by around 160 people to date.
When it is completed, around 300 people will have become part of its story.
Pages of prints and poems, textiles and tokens/keepsakes, showing buildings, boats, reed beds and farmland are being bound into the book.
The book is a compendium not only of beautiful images of Norfolk, but also of its history and characters, and celebrates traditional craft skills such as painting, printing, book-binding, woodcarving, calligraphy and fiber arts.
All of the pages are hand-made, drawn or painted and combines pieces by established artists with the work of people who might never before have made a piece of art.
As a social history project the aim is to incorporate as many aspects of Norfolk as possible and everyone has the chance to participate.
Stories about farming and fishing, memories passed down through the generations and accounts of local traditions and dialect, and wartime heroism, alongside imagery of Norfolk.
To date, current pieces include a textile picture of Booton Church by Heather Tilley, a Norfolk landscape print by Laurie Rudling. A lovely page written by calligraphist Jane Knights, of a Norfolk dialect poem by John Kett,” she said. Lisa Little, descended from generations of Sheringham fishermen, has contributed a lino-cut print of a boat, and members of the Palgrave Society – a traditional Norfolk surname - hope to contribute a page showing their coat of arms.
The front cover of the book hand carved from tulip wood by Ernie Allen, echoes a design taken from a Viking longboat, and links the book back through a millennium of Norfolk history.
(text from article by Rowan Mantle)