As the deadline approaches for the Sunderland Book Project, it feels like Christmas as parcels and packages arrive daily in the post.   I was lucky enough to meet up with two established printmakers from the North East of England, Jacqueline Quinn and Michelle Wood, who have both contributed work to The Sunderland Book Project.

No 169 Ship by Michelle Wood

Michelle Wood’s book focuses on the seafaring tradition of Sunderland, and uses imagery relating to its industrial heritage, including shipbuilding, glass and pottery works.  Lithographs are combined with digital prints; the hand-produced prints were made using the facilities of Northern Print.

No 169 Ship by Michelle Wood

As a printmaker and bookbinder,Michelle was keen to use her summer break from teaching to make some of her own work.  This project provided  an impetus and focus for that.  She once worked as an economic geographer and was drawn to the industrial heritage of Sunderland and wanted to map some of the city’s earlier industries.  Michelle  made a research visit to the city, calling at The Winter Gardens, the Monkwearmouth Station Museum and the National Glass Centre for information and ideas. making notes and taking photos throughout the day.  These form the basis for the book.

Jacqueline Quinn is a painter and printmaker living near the mouth of the Tyne, but has worked in Sunderland, driving to the city in the early morning light and leaving as the sun was setting. 

Driving to Sunderland by Jacqueline Quinn

For The Sunderland Book Project, Jacqueline has created a tasseled origami box made on monoprinted zerkall paper.  Inside the box is a concertinaed artist’s book with individual prints.

Helen McCookerybook studied foundation in Art at Sunderland Polytechnic in the 1970’s,  then printmaking at Brighton before joining a punk band!

Sing a Song of Sunderland

 ‘Sing a Song of Sunderland’ is beautifully presented on vellum papers and hand bound.

'Sing a Song of Sunderland by Helen McCookerybook

Diana Isa Vallini  lives and works in Legnago, Verona, Italy.  She completed humanistic studies at the Institute of St. Vincent in Ferrara, and artistic studies at the Art Institute of M. Callas Castelmassa (Ro).  She experiments with her art and constantly renews her expressive choices in constant dialectic with contemporary art.

The Sunderland Vessel by Diana Isa Vallini

Nell’eseguire il presente libro d’artista “Il Veliero di Sunderland” mi sono ispirata all’Oceano, fonte inesauribile di emozioni.
Un tuffo tra presente e passato alla scoperta di Beecroft, nave eretta nel centiere T.R. Oswald di Sunderland nel 1875 e acquistata dall’armatore italiano Repetto di Camogli.
Una vicenda avventurosa, tortuosa, ponte tra Sunderland e la mia nazione, l’Italia.

Sul vascello fantasma

navigano i pensieri
con vele dorate
sopra un oceano

evaporato da millenni

scrutano l’orizzonte

tracciato sullo sfondo di carta
un vento fatto di parole

spazza il cielo
e porta con sé  l’ultimo gabbiano
mentre il sole

resta immobile


      se sorgere o tramontare.



On the ghost ship

navigate my thoughts
with golden sails
on an ocean

that has been evaporated for millenniums

they scan the horizon

sketched on a paper background
a wind of words cleans the sky
and it takes with it the last seagull
while the sun stands still wavering


rising or setting.

”Performing this artist book “The Sunderland Vessel” I was inspired by the ocean, inexhaustible source of emotions.
A plunge between present and past to discover Beecroft, a ship built at the T. R. Oswald’s construction site in 1875 and bought by the italian shipowner Repetto di Camogli.
An adventurous, tortuous event, a bridge between Sunderland and my nation, Italy.”

 A view on Sunderland by Marina Chiocchetta.



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