The Artists' BookMarket 2017

Our Talented Co-workers at the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh

 Kerry Douglas

Kerry Douglas

On Saturday afternoon while most of the capital were watching the rugby Gail and I travelled straight past Murrayfield to The Fruitmarket Gallery to see all the lovely work on display last weekend at this years Artists' Bookmarket, Edinburgh.

Two of our very own bookbinders, Kerry Douglas and Gillian Stewart, were showcasing some of their own stunning prints and books among many other artists, designers and makers.

This was the first year I've been to the BookMarket but I hear it has been running for 7 years now and is sort of an annual mini artist book festival with people exhibiting and selling their work, along with talks and discussion groups, workshops and poetry readings.

There were around 40 stalls to peruse (and purchase from!) showing an interesting variety of not just book making but also book art, photography, poetry, writing, drawings, ceramic and glass work, printing and letterpress among other techniques.

 Gillian Stewart

Gillian Stewart

Although here in our bindery we pride ourselves on our quality of craftsmanship, it is not usual for us to be able to work as creatively as we saw the artists do at the BookMarket.  The books and booklets we saw were little works of art in themselves and really inspiring to pick up and look through.  Kerry and Gillian specialise in graphic design, illustration and printmaking, which combined with the skills they have learnt here at Downie Allison Downie, they use to create beautiful and thought provoking art - in book form!

I should have told you all about it sooner so that everyone could have gone to see the BookMarket - I do apologise!  But please have a look at their amazing work and check out their websites. by clicking on any of the images in this post.

If you have an idea for an book project but don't know where to begin we can help it come to fruition  We are always happy to listen to your thoughts and answer any questions we can.  You could even come and do a class with us to learn the basics now you've seen what can be achieved!

 Kerry looking after her and Gillian's stand at the Artists' Bookmarket

Kerry looking after her and Gillian's stand at the Artists' Bookmarket

 Kerry Douglas

Kerry Douglas

 Gillian Stewart

Gillian Stewart

 Kerry Douglas

Kerry Douglas