“Melbourne Rare Book Week – for the love of books” was launched on Monday night. The program of free events has been announced and bookings are open. It is on from 14 -25 July 2016.
I am absolutely thrilled and humbled to be involved with the event in two ways. Melbourne Rare Book Week (MRBW) is a very prestigious event – attracting a wide range of local, Australian and global visitors.
Firstly, I have an exhibition, “You Can’t Draw in Books?” and an accompanying talk. I have over 40 books that I bought for a dollar or two, or were being discarded. I am illustrating on pages in reaction to the text on the page. One of my thoughts is that this drawing may make the viewer look deeper at the page and the book. And by doing this, giving the book a new life.
The drawing from my exhibition that was chosen to go in the MRBW promotional brochure (above) for the event is drawn in a old law book. I have illustrated the Hare Preservation Act 1892 (UK) . Just read deeper and you will find out about regulating the hare breeding season.
The exhibition has an associated talk , with book collector Chris Browne, who will explore aspects of drawing in books, from early manuscript illustrations and the presentation of pictures on the printed page to some examples of formal and informal book illustrations in more modern times.
Here are some of the sketches in books I have already shared online. They are all still “works in progress “as I have a bit more to add to each before July.
Ross’s Outlines of English History
Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella
All but one of the books are on open pages.
However the London A-Z Street Map is falling apart and is just asking to have many pages drawn on.
July may seem a long way away, but is rapidly coming closer. My time between now and then will be spent investigating signage, labels… and completing the drawings.
Secondly, I am involved as an urban sketcher. I was excited to be contacted by Chris Browne last year after Kay Craddock (the organiser of MRBW) had seen some of my sketches from various Melbourne Rare Book Week events last year.
Chris suggested the idea of me visually recording some of the events and activities in 2016 through drawing. I started by sketching the launch (above). Urban sketchers draw what they see, on location, in real time, as it happens, and share their drawings on line. There are 55 events over the week and I will be kept very busy! You will see more about this over coming weeks on my blog, facebook, Instagram and flickr.
And then before it ends, I jump on a plane and fly to Manchester for the Urban Sketchers Symposium !