Bookarts list

Here's a short link list of some fun, interesting and informative Book Arts websites. We'll add to this over the coming weeks:

Making Tutorials: Altered Books

Japanese Stab stitch binding


Sea Lemon on You Tube

Lisa Kokin

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Christmas is coming

Another year has passed us by and we are coming up to the third Christmas for The Library of Lost Books. We are hoping to announce some exciting news about the project soon, hopefully before Christmas, or in the New Year.

Until then we would like to say a very big 'Thank You!' to everyone who has supported the project this year, either through buying our book or visiting one of our exhibitions.

If you are looking for Christmas cards or gifts please do check out the shop for bookish delights.

Books at Bootham

A selection of the Library of Lost Books collection has been on exhibition at Bootham School in York this month. The exhibition has been designed and curated by Bootham's artist-in-residence, Jade Blood and we have to say that we think it is fantastic.

Jade has done an wonderful job, crafting a lively, beautiful and intensely interesting exhibition.
 (all following photographs copyright Jade Blood)
The exhibition was housed in Bootham School's purpose built Arts Centre.
To engage the audience, Jade used typewritten and handmade signage.
Other old books were used as carrier of text about the project and exhibition. 
Helen Ward's paper insects. 
Clare Boothby's engaging and playful response.
Suzie Tibbetts burned books
We particularly loved the use of the bell jar to exhibit and protect one of Tibbet's pieces

Melanie Alexandrou's work
Melanie Alexandrou's work

an example of some of the delightful graphics used throughout the exhibition
A magnifying glass thoughtfully provided for visitor's use!
Kyra Clegg's work

Lorna Jewitt's work, 'La Mouche'

Ian Pyper's work
Matthew Herring's work

What a fantastic exhibition! If this is the last time that the books will be shown together then it couldn't have been a better ending! 
Check out more of Jade's work on her website at :

The end of all things

So, the end of all things indeed. After three years the time has come to close down The Library of Lost Books. What a project it has been!

Image copyright Kayleigh Bestwick for The Library of Lost Books.

The project was the brainchild of Susan Kruse, an artist based in Birmingham who found a cache of discarded library books in the local library and couldn't bear to see them thrown away. She gathered together a group of artists who took those old, damaged and unwanted books and gave them a new lease of life, turning them into the most wonderful works of art.

Clare Whistler's book. Image by David Knight

The project started with no funding but with the help of her family and some very generous supporters via a crowd-funding programme, Susan managed to raise some cash. As word of the project spread other supporters offered help, including Wolverhampton University and Sheaffer.

Determined to show the books at Birmingham Library as part of it's opening festivities, Susan embarked on a long and sometimes difficult battle to bring an exhibition of the books to Birmingham. With some support from Birmingham Library staff and after a lot of negotiations the project was finally exhibited in Birmingham in 2013. Over 13,000 visitors saw the exhibition during it's three week run in the new Birmingham Library.

Exhibition in the Pavillion at Birmingham Library. Image copyright Susan Kruse

As well as exhibiting the books in Birmingham, smaller exhibitions of selected books have been shown in Wolverhampton, Oxford and Carmarthen.

Jane Hyslop's book. Image by David Knight

From the 8th of September the books will be exhibited at Bootham School in York where they will form part of a book arts project organised by artist in residence, Jade Blood. As well as inspiring the children to make their own work the books will be on display for the public for one night on the 11th of September in Bootham School's new Arts Complex. The artists being exhibited at York are: Melanie Alexandrou, Kyra Clegg, IanPyperRuth Shaw Williams, StephenLivingstone, Catherine Scriven, Clare Boothby, Helen Ward, Helen Harrop, Matthew Herring, Oliver Flude, Christine Finn, and Suzi Tibbetts.

Clare Boothby's book. Image by David Knight

Kyra Clegg's book. Image by David Knight

Oliver Flude's book. Image by David Knight

Catherine Scriven's book. Image by David Knight

Ruth Shaw-William's work. Image by David Knight

Once the exhibition leaves York the project will begin to be closed down. Susan asked the artists involved in the project what they wanted to happen to the books and the majority have asked that a new permanent home might be found for the collection, which is the task we are undertaking right now. 55 altered books anyone?

image copyright Kayleigh Bestwick

Library of Lost Books on the road - York

A selection of artworks from The Library of Lost Books will be exhibited at Bootham School in York from 9th September to the 3rd October. 

 As well as exhibiting our books, the school is working with artist Jade Blood to run a series of workshops and art events with their pupils on the subject of altered books.

Following its Quaker principles, Bootham School encourages its students to be creative thinkers, peacemakers and confident humanitarians. Established in 1823, the school's beautiful new Arts Centre opened in March this year. 

We will be having an Open Evening at Bootham School on the 11th of September from 7 to 9pm. Visitors will be able to see some of the artists' books from our collection, try their hand at some bookarts activities and buy copies of Bringing Back the Book.

9th Manchester Artists' Book Fair

We are going to be taking a stand at this year's book fair. It will be the last time The Library of Lost Books goes to Manchester so do come an say hello if you are around. We will be selling copies of our book and some artist made items.

Sheaffer pens giveaway

As you know the folks at Sheaffer pens have been fantastic supporters of The Library of Lost Books. Right now we have a special treat for you thanks to Sheaffer; buy two copies of Bringing Back the Book and get a gorgeous Sheaffer pen set for free! 
(Offer valid while stocks last)