The Tetley, Leeds, LS10 1JQ
5th March 11-6pm
6th March 11-4pm
For this years Pages International Contemporary Artists’ Book Fair I will be showcasing a new body of work produced while taking part in a residency at Robert Smails Printing Works, Innerleithen.
A Scottish National Trust property, the original jobbing press still holds a near complete record of every job printed at the works for the past 150 years. This includes copies of The St Ronan’s Standard, the Effective Advertiser. In 1914 it carried an article welcoming refugees from war torn Belgium to Innerleithen, recounting the traumatic experience of M & Me Callens. The work is my first attempt at traditional type setting, using original wooden & metal type for the Smail’s collection, but printed at Helen Douglas’s Studio at Deuchar Mill on a Vandercook Printing Press. The work combines silk screen printing & photo litho.
Alongside the Broadsides referencing aspects of the printing works I will be show casing two new Chap Books. ‘Tales from Smail’s’, is a collection of comments, reflections, statements and notes from volunteers, community members, staff, printers & compositors, connected with the jobbing press, Arranged into a small folded book, with letter press insert, musings and collages paint a warm and friendly image of the community and its observations. Still relevant to today, the book is an honest account and collaborative effort.
‘Mills and Mayhem’ brings together two characters in the archive of the St Ronan’s Standard I became intrigued by, Thomas Turnbull, Dyer & Waulker of Caerlee Mills and Dundee Suffragette, Ethel Moorhead, activist and failed arsonist. Two very different characters creating inspiration and impacting locally and nationally. Both Chap Books will be on sale at Pages Leeds International Contemporary Artists’ Book Fair