Friday, January 20, 2012

Ama Bolton - Edition 4 Group 1

I live in England, not far from Bristol. My title is “Paradise Lost”. It leapt out at me from the list.
The first house, according to a book of that title, was built in a forest glade. The forest provided shelter, food and fuel. When we make a garden, we are perhaps unconsciously trying to recreate that long-lost Eden, the forest glade in which our distant ancestors lived. I’ve worked for many years as a gardener, and I still feel driven by the search for a lost paradise.
This is my first experience of participating in a BookArtObject edition and I’m becoming so immersed in it that it’s getting into my dreams. I have taken part in one other group project, the Al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition, for which I made a letterpress broadside and a book in an edition of 26.
Text is important to me: reading it, finding it, writing it and composing it in a chase to print on my Adana 8x5” tabletop press. I’m still very much a beginner at this printing lark and am constantly frustrated by not having enough letters – or being “out of sorts”.
For seven – or maybe eight - years I’ve been a member of Bron Bradshaw’s weekly Book Class at The Dove Studios near Glastonbury. Now the class has metamorphosed into ABCD: Artists’ Book Club at the Dove, and we meet once a month to share information, ideas, skills and wonderful food.
For the last three years I’ve had the immense privilege of joining The Travelling Bookbinder (Rachel Hazell) for a weekend workshop at Bressay Lighthouse. This is in Shetland, a 36-hour journey from my home and a place I love for its austere beauty and for the good friends I’ve made there.
I’m very much looking forward to this adventure!


Sara Bowen said...

Hello Ama, welcome to BookArtObject! I lived in Bristol before I moved to Australia so it's an area I love and know well... Sara

ronnie said...

I'd love to see a piccie of your adana! (oh and welcome aboard!)

Abigail Thomas said...

Hello! Nice to hear you did something for the Al-Mutanabbi Street project too; I just finished my set of books for that. Could we see a pic of the letterpress broadside you made?

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Angela said...

Welcome Ama. I have lived in Bristol too and did my MA at UWE. Like Ronnie I would love to see some pictures of your Adana. Looking forward to seeing your work in progress :-)