Saturday, 24 August 2013

Some thoughts on Books : William Morris & the Kelmscott Press

The writings and work ethic of William Morris influence my own Artwork & Lifestyle. Whilst continuing artwork and process began during my AA2A residency at Staffordshire University and also preparing for VOLUME Birmingham's Art, Book and Print fair  I came across this extract from 'William Morris and the Art of the Book' (Oxford University Press) and this brilliant extract showing a simple binding method- both are relevant to my current research and processes.

Back in March 2013, I visited 'William Morris and the Kelmscott Press',  Muirhead Tower Atrium, as part of Birmingham University's Arts & Science Festival. The exhibition of works from the Cadbury Research Library showcased fine examples of books from the Kelmscott Press, founded by William Morris in 1891.

The exhibition examined Morris's inspiration behind the founding of the press, through early manuscripts and 15th century printed books. The exhibition also touched on the Morris legacy and the influence of the Kelmscott Press on later book arts. I was able to see some of the books and pieces which have influenced my practice for a number of years in the flesh, and got the rare opportunity to handle the Kelmscott Chaucer and view the immaculately hand-printed and hand-bound pages up close.

The Kelmscott Chaucer

Some of my recent work has used the  'Troy type' and 'Golden type' fonts by the Kelmscott press (digitalised and maipulated from originals) as text pieces on found fabric. I am continuing work on a series of Morris texts using found fabric and laser cut etching, as well as printed text pieces.

'As If Through Windows'  Kate Lynch, 2013
Laser-cut text on found Morris fabric (Golden Type)

'Knotting Stool' Silkscreen print and reclaimed stool
Natasha Kurth, 2013
Book Intervention by Kate Lynch (Page extract from Morris's Essay 'The Art Of the People')

Kate Lynch & Natasha Kurth Installation, 2013
AA2A Exhibition, Staffordshire University

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