Still desperately finishing my new books for this biennial fair at Oxford Brookes University, Gypsy Lane......here are some images of work in progress to whet the appetite.....
look forward to seeing everyone
These images are even more exciting than I thought as two of them persist in appearing upside down, baffling - you'll have to come and see the book for yourself......
I'll be there weekends ( and Bank Holiday ) 22, 23, 29, 30 and 31 August and 5,6 September; if you want to come out of hours just get in touch...normal hours 10am - 5pm
First door on the left as you go in to the
Lewes Constitutional Club
139 High Street
There will be new work in progress - a new book for the Oxford Fine Press Bookfair end of october is on the way
and work centred around a recent book The Alchymical Garden of Thomas Browne ( see previous post for some images )
as well as older prints and books and lots of new cards
if you are weary there is a garden out the back and you can get a drink at the bar!
This image is for Marcus at the Booth Museum who very kindly talked me through how to glue dead butterflies to some twigs for a small installation in a dome - what a wonderful place that museum is.
Sir Thomas Browne ( 1605 -1682) was a wonderful seventeenth century writer, natural philosopher and physician, admired by Virginia Woolf, Sebald, Borges and Marias, and Paul Nash - whose Artists' Book 'Urn Buriall' is a personal favourite of mine . Like Montaigne, Browne lives and writes in that wonderful period - as religious dogmatism starts to crumble but before eighteenth century rationalism develops new straightjackets of its own - when the inquiring mind can soar through imagined space and time making its own stories about how we might observe and fathom out the world and its infinite possibilities, 'moral and intellectual mazes' as his new biographer puts it....
His gloriously elaborate language is a joy and he is responsible for introducing and composing more new words into the english language than any other single person. I greatly recommend Hugh Aldersey Williams new book about him, the Adventures of Thomas Browne in the 21st Century - i hope it introduces him to a new audience.
I am also busy finishing a new book for the Oxford Fine Press Book Fair at the end of October
￼ Women in Print: Witchcraft and the Popular Press 1920- 1990 April 11th 2015 9.30am- 4.30pm The Wellington Hotel, Boscastle, Cornwall Registration Full Price £50 Student/Speaker rate £25 Inclusive of entrance to the museum and refreshments. The ‘Women in Print’events are an occasional series of gatherings to discuss the ways in which women’s creative and intellectual cultural agency is manifest through and framed by popular print culture. At each event a limited edition print run of illustrated CHAPBOOKS by contemporary writers, artists and academics will be available. These were recently featured on the blog All Things Considered . see link here : allthingsconsidered.co.uk/2014/12women-in-print.html
look up under design, then scroll down from great review of Johnny Hannah's new book.....to women in print review by Angie Lewin The third of the ‘Women in Print’ events, this study day seeks to investigate the ways in which women's contribution to 20th c. popular print culture described and framed ideas about 'witchcraft'. Supported by Manchester School of Art in collaboration with the Museum of British Folklore and the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, the study day will take place at the Wellington Hotel in Boscastle, Cornwall, on Saturday 11th April 2015 from 9.30 am – 4.30pm. Tickets are available online via https://womeninprintnetwork.wordpress.com/
Contributing speakers come from a wide range of disciplines and practices- Literature, Anthropology, Design, Art History and witchcraft itself, the day will offer a diverse and interdisciplinary consideration of the role of print media in shaping our collective understanding of witchcraft. The day will be split into three sessions, the first discussing ways of Reading the Witch. Marion Gibson, Professor of Magical and Renaissance Literature at the University of Exeter, will talk about ‘Witchcraft and the Novel 1919- 1929’. Dr. Fiona Hackney, an expert in Design Cultures and Community Engagement from the school Art and Design at Falmouth University, will be talking about ‘the witch as a figure of folkcraft and rural modernity in the fiction of Ruth Manning Sanders’. Katherine Hodgkin will be talking about ‘pagans and demons in the English village’ and the presence of witchcraft in women’s detective fiction. Dr. Eleanor Byrne from Manchester Metropolitan University will be considering the witch in children’s literature of the 1970’s. The second session will look at Magical Landscapes Joyce Froome, witchcraft expert and Assistant Curator at the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic will be talking about Dorothy Jacob and her book’ A Witches’ Guide to Gardening’ in relation to ‘sixtiesfeminine folk wickedness’, Author, craftsman and witchcraft historian Steve Patterson will talk about the painter and magician IthellColqhoun and ‘the alchemical transformation of Lamorna valley’ bringing his expertise into West Country witchcraft to the subject. The artist/printmaker and independent researcher Carolyn Trant will be talking about IthellColqhoun in relation to Aleister Crowley and the Surrealists. In the final session will look at Histories and collections of witchcraft, Dr.Helen Cornish will be considering the reputation of the anthropologist Margaret Murray, and her controversial book ‘The God of the Witches’, published in 1931.Illustrator Hayley Potter will explain how her recent residency at the Museum has informed her research into the way women collected and classified magical artefacts. Finally, we are delighted that Dave Chatton- Barker and Ian Humerstone (Folklore Tapes) will talk about their experimental fieldwork and research into Theo Brown and the Folklore of Dartmoor. The day will end with a multimedia, performance from the Folklore tapes. Their blend of analogue technology, folklore and landscape is a suitably magical spectacle to end the day’s proceedings. There will be refreshments available throughout the day, and the ticket price includes free entrance to the museum and library. If you have any questions about the event please contact Desdemona McCannon, Senior Lecturer at Manchester School of Art. email@example.com
I am still out there working but have had a few technical problems this year which I hope to resolve shortly..
I will be back blogging in the New Year hopefully with lots of updates and images...
meanwhile the website is still tricky for me to update - you can view evrything there so far at www.carolyntrant.co.uk
but check the blog for news and I will post up when the web-site is being added to again
no Lewes printmakers calendar this year for similar reasons....
but the work continues and I'm fine, just busy!..........will speak soon.......
My Printmaking Group have been working hard for the Battle of Lewes celebrations in May - this is our new book - an Alphabet Book of the Battle of Lewes consisting of 26 cards with the images and a booklet of explanatory text containing lots of interesting and less well known details about the battle and its significance for our parliamentary history, all packaged as a nice little book about the size of a good sized paperback.
The original prints are made up into a large concertina book which is on display in the Lewes Town Hall.
The paperback book can be purchased there or from the Tom Paine Printing Press shop, 151 High Street
for a very reasonable sum ( £12 ).
Meanwhile I will be away missing some of the celebrations as I am doing the Turn the Page Artists Book Fair in Norwich the first friday and saturday of May. It's a lovely venue, was well attended by people from all over last year; this year it has an interesting program alongside the stands; and it's a beautiful city to explore. I was so inspired by it last year that will be showing some little books about Norfolk - The Man in the Moon and a litttle display about Nelson.
see earlier blogs ( august and october) for more images.