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Sunday, 8 June 2014

June Meeting - Elizabeth Shorrock + Members' Challenge - WWI Postcards

June's meeting brought another inspirational speaker, Elizabeth Shorrock, who started off as an artist working in textiles before turning to bookmaking. A retired teacher, Elizabeth is now busy making a living from her art, exhibiting widely and working to commission. 
Here are samples of her brilliant work. 

Many of Elizabeth's books are made from maps which she sources at second-hand book fairs and market stalls. In this way she is able to match the maps to customers' requests for specific areas to be included. 

She tries to find double sided maps, however sometimes she dyes the back of one-sided maps, using greens and browns to complement the colours of the maps.

She also uses atlas pages which are more colourful (and double-sided) but is restricted by their size. Her map books have matching boxes. 

Tiny books can also be made from sheet music 

The "bookshelves" below are made from print trays, and the books made from books to match the commission, eg from a birdwatcher, or a gardener

An example of another type of keepsake book, displaying family photos - 
a great birthday, wedding or christening present

After finishing her talk, Elizabeth had the tough job of judging our annual Members' Challenge, which this year was to make a World War One postcard. 
Here are all of the entries - I suspect that there may be a few more to come, in time for our exhibition in September! 

In First place, and winning £30, this lovely traditional example by Sue Tebbutt

In Second Place, and winning £20, this more contemporary (double-sided) version by Janice Townened

In Third Place, winning £10, this machine-embroidered poppy field by Jane Beck

And the other lovely entries : 

Well done to all those who entered!

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