Making Prints for Books is a 3 day intensive course combining printing with bookbinding, with Bronwen Bradshaw and Pennie Elfick. Dates: 10, 11 & 12 July

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Concertina Book ‘Lauzerte’ with a series of etchings printed as a strip

The aim of this course is for participants to make a handmade book containing hand printed artwork and maybe words too. The facilities of the Dove print studio will be available for students to make book content, using drypoint and/or lino and woodcut, monoprint and collagraph, with plenty of guidance and tuition on hand to advise on choices and the techniques involved.

The idea of having 2 tutors is that one (PE) will teach the printmaking and the other (BB) will keep her hands clean and help with the bookbinding. We are hoping for a good take up on this course so that we can have 2 tutors, otherwise Bron will be doing both sorts of teaching…so let’s hope!

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Pages from ‘Caves of Ice’ – different versions of the same print put together in book form

You may, however, already have prints that you can bring along and we can work out how to make them into a book. Or you may want to do a bit of both: printing and book binding. The joy of this course is that – as long as you wash your hands inbetween – you can move from one activity to another. Here are some forms your book could take:

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“A walk up the lane” – a series of monoprints with wax resist and acrylic wash in the process of being bound.

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“Tarantella” torn up large prints with computer generated text on layout paper

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‘Venice Variations’ – an origami-type folded paper binding with etchings and computer text.

Students joining this course should have some experience in printmaking, but they do not need to have done bookbinding. The forms of bookbinding that we will use are non orthodox and therefore open to all kinds of invention and experimentation.

Hope to see you here! Email if you are interested.





The Dove Artists’ Christmas Exhibition has been up at the Red Brick Building for a week now, and has attracted a lot of interest from the Private View last week onward. I’ve been impressed by the way visitors to the building stop and consider the works on their way up or down the stairs. It appears that this seemingly awkward, multi purpose space is acquiring an identity of its own as a gallery space. Although I was somewhat dreading the ‘hang’ – it’s never straightforward here – help was at hand on the ladders from John Fleming, thanks John.  And I’d like to say I’m really pleased with how this exhibition has succeeded in linking two local creative hotspots: the Dove and the RBB, bringing benefits to both. Don’t miss it, and come soon as it’s a fast moving show (several of the works have already flown off the walls, though we are replacing them with others).  On till January 8th.

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A visit to the Redbrick Building in Glastonbury is always interesting and sometimes delicious! The Bocabar restaurant and cafe serve food and good coffee every day of the week; the events space hosts an exciting range of gigs;  all sorts of regular courses take place in the upstairs spaces, alongside the studios where resident creatives work.

From 23rd November there will be an additional reason to go there: the artists who frequent Dove Studios are putting on a Christmas Exhibition in what I like to call the Staircase Gallery, running until January 8th. The show comprises work both by students and artists who attend printmaking classes at the Dove and also members of the Fingerprint group who work together in my studio once a week. There will also be work by artists more loosely associated with the Dove.

All types of media will be on display. Printmaking will predominate, but…

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Winter Tor from the Dove

At last! Leaves are off and we can see the Tor again through the branches.

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Three triangles instead of two – Pennie Elfick’s Shed and ‘Tipping Point”

Pond renovation

The ‘pond’ is being cleared and restored and Laura Burke and I plan to plant a living willow structure behind it (to add to the living willows already there, but also to give shelter now the brambles have mostly been hacked down).

Winter garden

From my garden to Mia’s to beyond – such beauty in today’s fabulous light.

Not exactly inviting weather for drawing outside this morning, but the gazebo was cosy, the sun came out at lunchtime, and those who came to draw spent most of the day in the treehouse corner, which was lovely. Animating this space with people, particularly children, is always wonderful. And they took to the trees as well (of course), and the treehouse too.

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I don’t remember who wrote the following, but I’ve kept the cutting, and its words have rung in my ears since I started the Treehouse project: ‘Trees need to be lived in, whether by birds, insects, small children or the souls of poets – or, as the ancient Greeks thought, by nymphs.’ The same writer quotes Andrew Marvell from his poem ‘The Garden’ :

‘Casting the body’s vest aside, / My soul into the boughs does glide; / There like a bird it sits and sings, / Then whets and combs its silver wings.’

It’s happening.


Dove Meadow

This weekend is the last chance to come down to our special place, The Dove (SAW venue 21) and catch what has been a much visited and dare I say much loved exhibition (the comments books say so, anyway). Here’s a round up of what you will see when you come, and what, in the words of one visitor, is ‘rich and lush’.

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Bron Bradshaw’s ceramics and etchings inspired by our USA trip, leading to….

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Diana Milstein’s paintings and poems from the trip

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And Sandie Roche’s rugs and blankets forming a colourful backdrop.

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Di and Bron’s pottery inspired by the Native American tradition sits on the big Rochat press,

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and Bron’s Grand Canyon etching on the back wall above the Hunter Penrose press.

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The path through Mike Dodd’s garden leading to….

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his pottery showroom.

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Back through the garden and up the metal staircase to the Spirit of Place exhibition – here are the specially commissioned books,

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Faye Suzannah’s screenprints,

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Some of Myfanwy Morris’s b/w photos,

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Diana Milstein’s ‘Dove’ landscapes,

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Works by individual book artists

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Some of the pit fired pots from this summer

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and Bron Bradshaw’s ‘Pine Platters’ with ash glaze made from the Scots pines in the treehouse corner.

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Down the steps, past Pennie Elfick’s ‘Shed Plus’


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and across the meadow to the Treehouse platform, with laminates of pages from the books as a reminder that one day the books themselves will be housed in a library here.

Here’s how the tree house platform looked this evening; the structure revealing itself a little more each day as the leaves fall.

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This weekend we are running an event for all ages: Design (draw) your own treehouse. This is a free drop in workshop, with all materials provided. Hope to see you down here!

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Looking across Wild Lea from the Dove, towards the White Field Nature Reserve