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It all started at Creative Cohesion, in the winter of 2010.   A 10 week course teaching a group of creative individuals how to make and print artists books… based on the city of Sunderland.  The original idea started in Washington DC in 2009 at Artomatic, a visit made possible  through the vision of Anne Tye Sunderlandcurrently Creative Industries Development Manager for SCC.  Now The Sunderland Book Project comprising of 49 books and 57 participants from around the world will be heading off to Washington DC for the Pyramid Atlantic Book Arts Fair & Conference November 16-18 where I will be giving a talk on the Project itself.  There is still time to contribute to this FREE book art project.  Just download an application  here.Application Form Sland Bk

The latest contributor, Marina Bancroft is a mixed media artist based on the island of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She has participated in many group exhibitions and her works are part of public and private collections.

“Working intuitively and playing with materials is a way to be in touch with another area of life not easily or immediately understood.”

For the last few years she has been experimenting with the book format.

“This book is based on the city maps of Sunderland and provided an opportunity to take a voyage of discovery. By using a travel watercolour kit and slowing down, the imaginary trip along the River Wear to the sea became a joyful experience.”

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