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Liverpool Book Art Fair: Linda Parr

Linda Parr

Ahead of this weekend’s Liverpool Book Art Fair at Liverpool Central Library we’re bringing you a series of to-the-point interviews with some of the most exciting artists.

Book Art can be an ambiguous term at the best of times, so put simply, we wanted to find out what it means to the artists who make it. Our second interview in this short series is with Linda Parr who believes firmly that Book Art is about creating something beautiful and something physical. More importantly though, her work aims to alter the mood of its reader.

Read her interview here, but more importantly, buy his work here, on Saturday & Sunday, 8th & 9th of July 2017 :

What is book art for you?

For me, book art is when the book format seems the best way to contain a series of words, images or ideas that belong together.

An artists book could be defined as a book that would lose its essence if you tried to digitalise it for a library.

The size, the weight, the materials and the format are all important as well as the content.

 Why did you decide to exhibit at Liverpool’s fair?

Liverpool’s Fair has a great reputation, and I am pleased to be able to share a table with Kate Bernstein who makes high quality beautiful screenprinted books inspired by Uccello’s painting The Battle of San Romano. We have both just finished an MA in Multidisciplinary Printmaking at the University of the West of England.

What are you bringing to Liverpool Book Art Fair?

I am bringing small folded books, some screenprinted, some digital prints. I often use paired text and image, with some wry humour.  A trio about the Tudors; The Wives, The Men & The Other Women describing their history in Seventeen Words.

My other books include an Observers Book of Flowers, and atlases for fish, and for night-time carousers.

I have also been looking at how colour is used in books, and I have printed pie charts which I suggest show that the use of adjectival colour in literature alters the tone of the writing, subconsciously affecting the mood of the reader.