[Hand-marbled wrappers hold Anna Fewster's letterpress edition of Teddy Macker's poetry.]
[Anna Fewster's Bloomsbury bookplates.]
Looking at the previous string of posts, it's probably not hard to guess I've been preoccupied this week. Cross-hatches and zigzags on early-20th-century textiles (mainly inspired by abstraction, African design, and Indian block prints) have been floating around in my mind.
[Fewster's Charleston notecards, green. SOLD.]
But while going through the Bloomsbury group image archives over at Charleston, I came across a calendar listing for an upcoming workshop with book artist Anna Fewster that brought me back to paper -- marbled paper.
Although this December 2011 event is not even happening on my side of the Atlantic, I wanted to help spread the word to friends across the pond and globe trekkers.
[Photo by Penelope Fewster.]Fewster has spent years studying both the visual and literary aspects of the avant-garde books created by the Bloomsbury group at the Hogarth Press and the Omega Workshops. While earning her doctorate, she actually had a workspace in Vanessa Bell’s studio, as well as unlimited access to Charleston's collection. (Maybe you saw her work in Vogue, a while back?) When she leads the Paper Marbling workshop on Thursday, December 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fewster will teach the traditional method of floating watercolor paints on carrageenan. Inspiration will come from Quentin Bell’s marbled designs and participants will make an array of papers for collage, holiday cards, bookbinding, or whatever appeals.
Using Farrow & Ball wallpapers and paints, another well-known artist, Sophie Coryndon, will guide participants in creating holiday birds and other ornaments on Thursday, December 8 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Click here for details.